Hands off! Daniel Levy says Spurs won't be selling Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris to Man United
Daniel Levy has reassured Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino that he has no plans to cash in on Manchester United targets Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris this summer.
United are expected to make a move for goalkeeper Lloris once David de Gea seals his move to Real Madrid, while the Old Trafford club are also ready to bid as much as £40 million for striker Kane.
Levy could stand to make as much as £70m by selling Kane and Lloris to United, but the Spurs chairman has told Pochettino that he wants to keep the club’s best players.
White Hart Lane insiders claim Levy has stressed his desire to keep both Kane and Lloris to Pochettino “on several occasions” over the past few months.
Pochettino and Kane have worked superbly together, with the England international netting 31 goals in a stunning season, and the Argentine believes there is even more to come from his star man.
Tottenham remain steadfast that there is no chance Kane will leave the club this summer and are equally bullish over Lloris, although Levy’s resolve could yet be tested by a huge bid from United.
Pochettino believes that keeping the likes of Kane and Lloris is even more important than signing new players this summer and Levy is believed to share a similar view after running into difficulties when Tottenham reinvested the £85m received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.
Kane only signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract in February and there is no chance of the 21-year-old pushing to leave Tottenham at the moment or having his head turned by United’s interest.
France captain Lloris has made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football as soon as possible and the 28-year-old is thought to be interested in the prospect of a switch to Old Trafford.
But, while he has sold the likes of Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, Levy has also shown he is prepared to put his wishes over those of a player in the past.
Chelsea made two bids for Modric ahead of the 2011/12 season, but Levy ignored considerable pressure from the player’s representatives and refused to let him go.
Modric stayed for one more season before joining Real Madrid for £33m and Tottenham were much happier to let him move to Spain, rather than strengthen a Premier League rival.
Spurs only finished one place and six points behind United in the Premier League table and allowing either or both of Kane and Lloris to join Louis van Gaal’s team would effectively be waving the white flag on any hopes the club have of breaking into the top four next term.
One of the reasons Pochettino decided to quit Southampton for Tottenham last summer was the opportunity to try to build a squad capable of challenging for a top-four place without constantly having to sell his best players.
Other than Kane and Lloris, there has also been interest in left-back Danny Rose from Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, but Levy does not want yet another period of transition.
Tottenham’s squad underwent major upheaval following the world record sale of Bale and Spurs do not want to go through a similar process just two years later.
While the club are willing to listen to offers for a number of unwanted players, Pochettino is believed to only want to add three or four players to what he considers to be his first-team squad.
Tottenham remain in talks with the representatives of midfielder Nabil Bentaleb over an improved contract. The Algeria international has expressed his frustration that an agreement has not already been reached.