Tottenham will have expected the inevitable circus that January would bring concerning Harry Kane, but few would have foreseen the staggering price tag being attached to the 22-year-old.
The CIES Football Observatory rank him as the fifth most valuable player in Europe’s top five leagues – that is, England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France – Kane is being tipped to earn his current club £67 million if they choose to cash in.
Kane among Europe's elite
Spurs will undoubtedly be thrilled at the prospect of one of their Academy products being mentioned amongst Europe’s most valuable players, behind only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard and Neymar.
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However, Kane is arguably invaluable to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and his goals could well earn the club a staggering amount of Champions League revenue.
It is possible, therefore, that Kane is worth even more than those ahead of him in the list – particularly Hazard – because it would be so difficult to replace his contribution.
Fortunately, Spurs are not in the situation they have often found themselves in over the last decade, in which their prize assets are pushing for a move away from north London.
Committed to Spurs
Pochettino is adamant that Kane wants to stay at White Hart Lane. The youngster is a lifelong Spurs fan, despite getting his first big chance in football in Arsenal’s youth side.
Whereas Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, and Dimitar Berbatov all left Spurs at the first concrete opportunity, fans will be hoping that this time will be different.
Kane is sure to be flattered this month as he is courted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Aside from Real Madrid, who are most widely reported to be interested in the youngster, Manchester United are a further option.
Kane's true value
In fact, United may even be willing to pay more as there is less risk attached to a move to Manchester than a move to a new league altogether. It is understandable why he is being touted as the solution to United’s striking crisis, but if Spurs are to consider selling him purely in terms of commercial value, it would be even more damaging to sell him to a direct rival.
Kane’s value to Tottenham is ultimately impossible to measure, and it may well be that they only come to appreciate his true worth once they have already cashed in on him.
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