Tottenham will be forced to sell Harry Kane

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The future is bright for Tottenham Hotspur, at least where they stand at this moment in time.

They have a good manager in Mauricio Pochettino, one of Europe's best young playmakers in Christian Eriksen and one of the best young strikers in Harry Kane. To top it all off, they have recently been given the green light to build a brand new 56,250-seater stadium.

It brought an end to a decade-long struggle to move out of their creaking yet historical White Hart Lane. The stadium will cost around £400million to build and will include an ambitious plan to regenerate the surrounding area.

The stadium design, the capacity and even the price are remarkably similar to that of Arsenal's Emirates stadium. They upgrade from a 36,000-seater Highbury to their 60,000 arena in 2006 at a cost of £365million.


Unfortunately for Tottenham fans, the similarities won't stop there. They are heading down a similar road of seemingly-endless transition. The long delay to this project could end up costing them their best players and the chance to compete for a top four spot.

Arsenal self-funded their stadium move, selling off the naming rights to what the ground that was briefly called Ashburton Grove and negotiated with Emirates to take a large chunk of the money up front. That money went straight into the cost of construction and severely limited Arsenal's commercial revenue for five long years.

Arsenal's fire sale

In that time, Arsenal sold off a number of high profile stars. Included in that list were the likes of Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie and Alex Song.

They generated significant funds for the club, but those funds were not made available to Arsene Wenger. Instead, he was forced to find cheap alternatives and develop youth players. The result was a nine-year trophy drought and a lot of angry supporters.

Tottenham face a similar challenge to fund their £400m move. It is a huge challenge from Daniel Levy to find the funds for this project. The club's desperation to re-locate to Stratford was testament to how many problems they will face building a new stadium from the ground up.

The inevitable

This will mean selling off the naming rights to their new ground, significantly curbing transfer spending and generating funds through player sales. That's bad news for all those Tottenham fans who have just invested in a 'Kane 18' shirt because he will surely be the first big name to go.

The striker has been a Premier League sensation and is odds-on favourite to win the PFA young player of the year award. 28 goals across all competitions is incredible considering it is his breakthrough campaign.

It will not be long before the big clubs come calling and break out their fat chequebooks. This is where chairman Daniel Levy comes into his prime. Selling players is what he does best. The buying club either pay what he wants or they don't get the player. Simple as that.

Under pressure

But the stadium is slowly tying his hands behind his back. Soon he will be under pressure to sell a big player every season. That is, of course, unless Spurs can find significant funds from elsewhere, but money doesn't grow on trees, especially for a club like Tottenham.

The main difference between Arsenal and Tottenham in this similar situation is that Arsenal were already winning trophies. They were already benefiting from significant funds from the Champions League, yet were still forced into selling their best players.

Tottenham are probably good enough to qualify for the Champions League at least once every four years, but that won't balance the books. Arsenal's accounts were reliant on a top four place in three out of every four seasons. Wenger's ability to keep them in it every year was an incredible achievement, but even that wasn't enough to keep Fabregas and Van Persie at the club.

So what chance do Tottenham have as they attempt to make this landmark project a reality? At the very least, they will have to sell their best players. And unlike last time they made big money in the transfer market, they won't be able to blow £26million on a suspect Spanish striker or £30m on a 20-year-old Argentine. That money will go straight into their biggest ever purchase.

It's a tremendous risk, but one Tottenham must take. Unfortunately, it means a decade of austerity and it is why talents like Harry Kane won't be hanging around very long.

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