Tottenham’s public stance over Harry Kane is that the striker is not for sale, but every player has their price.
After the 27-year-old made it clear he wanted to leave the club last week, reports suggested that number would be around the £120million mark.
Daniel Levy is not bluffing, either, he never sells players on the cheap so it’s unlikely he’s going to start now.
From his perspective, Spurs hold all the cards. Kane is tied down until 2024 and is easily one of the hottest commodities in world football.
The general consensus is that Spurs will be worse off without Kane, but cashing in on a player when their stock at an all-time high isn’t always a bad idea as it allows you to redistribute the money throughout the rest of the squad.
Kane topped the scoring and assist charts in the Premier League this season and Spurs still couldn’t get into the top four, which proves the rest of the team has glaring weaknesses elsewhere that need to be addressed.
There are numerous examples where it works out well for the selling club.
Of course, there are other times where it doesn’t.
Unfortunately, Spurs come under that category in their post-Gareth Bale era but they can learn from those mistakes this time around.
Here’s how the Londoners could line-up without Kane after a £120m from his sale.
If a Harry Kane-type figure leaves your club, you don’t just need to replace his quality but need to bring in a big name to appease the fans.
And Gareth Bale fits that bill on both accounts.
The Wales international looked a shadow of his former self at the start of his loan spell this season, but he’s ended it on fire.
It’s unlikely he will stay at Real Madrid next year and with one year left on his deal, his transfer fee might finally be manageable, especially, if they rake in £120m for Kane.
Freeing up Kane’s wages will help facilitate his hefty salary too.
Spurs are crying out for a right-back and that’s one of the first areas that will be addressed with Kane’s sale.
Matt Doherty has struggled from Wolves while Serge Aurier’s future is up in the air.
Leicester City ‘s Ricardo Pereira would be a perfect candidate. It’s not long ago he was tipped for a big-money move to one of the Premier League big guns until an injury derailed that momentum.
He’s back to full fitness now, however, and the good news is that he’s likely available at a cheaper price as well.
Spurs have been linked with the Fulham centre-half, on loan from Lyon, for some time now.
It’s a deal that probably goes through regardless if Kane stays or goes, but it certainly helps it along if it’s the latter.
Tottenham’s struggles in the heart of defence have been well documented.
Toby Alderweireld isn’t getting any younger and Davinson Sanchez’s place in the starting XI is not guaranteed after a mistake-ridden season.
Anderson is a player Spurs can build around going forward.
Spurs have sorely missed that creative spark in the midfield since Christian Eriksen left the club and Kane’s departure means that void will only get deeper.
But a player like Marcel Sabitzer will go a long way in filling it as the RB Leipzig captain continues to impress in the Bundesliga.
Spurs got a front-row seat of his exploits as he dumped them out of the Champions League last season and perhaps he can make up for that by inflicting similar damage, but this time in a white shirt.
Kane’s shoes are virtually impossible to fill but Dominic Calvert-Lewin is one of the better choices out there.
The 24-year-old has taken a huge leap with Everton over the last 18 months or so and can take another jump with a so-called top-six side.
DCL is a great all-around no.9 just like Kane, albeit not as polished, but he’s a quality option that can replicate at least some of his output, while Spurs would be investing in a player that can hopefully reach another level.