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Gary Lineker: Why Harry Kane is worth over £100m and Romelu Lukaku isn't

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Romelu Lukaku made a blistering start to his first Premier League season at Manchester United last weekend by scoring a brace against West Ham.

His two goals encapsulated why Jose Mourinho splashed £75 million to sign him, using pace and movement for the first and sheer power for the second.

From Henrikh Mkhitaryan's free-kick into West Ham's box, Lukaku rose highest to glance a header past Joe Hart and make it 2-0.

Elsewhere, at St James' Park, Harry Kane once again succumbed to his August curse by failing to get on the scoresheet against Newcastle United.

The Englishman had zero luck in front of goal for Tottenham, even striking the post in stoppage time.

Kane is the favourite to win his third Golden Boot in as many years this season and, given the current market, it's a wonder just how much he's worth.

One method of valuing the Englishman is by using Lukaku's £75 million move to United - which Gary Lineker believes would make Kane worth over £100 million.

In an interview with Yahoo! Sport, the BT Sport presenter said Kane is firmly in the £100 million-plus category and explained why he's worth over £25 million more than Lukaku.

"Make no mistake, Harry Kane is the real deal," Lineker said. "The value on a striker like Harry Kane in this transfer market is hard to calculate, but clearly he has been in the £100 million-plus category for some time now.

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"If you look at Manchester United signing a deal worth in excess of £80m to take Romelu Lukaku from Everton, then you would say that Kane is ahead of Lukaku for sure.

"His all round game is much better and while both will probably score a similar amount of goals this season, Kane is the player you would pick out of the two."

Lineker believes Kane is a far superior all-round player to Lukaku, which is why he would be worth so much more in the transfer market.


And perhaps he's right. Questions marks remain over Lukaku's decision making and first touch, whereas it's hard to identify any flaws with Kane.

Lineker is such a big fan of the 24-year-old that he believes he could be playing for Real Madrid ahead of Karim Benzema.

"I stand by my statement from last season that he was better than their current striker Karim Benzema," he added. "Kane could play for a big club like Real Madrid right now if he wanted to.

"I like Benzema, he is a very good centre-forward, but I think if I played in that Real Madrid team, I would score a goal every game and I think Kane is good enough to play at that stature of club."

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