Tottenham: 'Mischief' amid report on Jorge Mendes and £166m attacking duo

Journalist Pete O’Rourke thinks speculation about Jorge Mendes looking for a Harry Kane replacement for Tottenham is simply a bit of “mischief-making”.

At the end of last month, reports emerged claiming the super-agent had lined up AS Roma’s Tammy Abraham and Benfica’s Darwin Nunez as potential successors to Kane.

What is the latest news involving Kane?

According to The Athletic, Manchester United are eager to bring Kane to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens.

The England captain joining the Red Devils would leave Spurs needing a new No.9, and the same outlet has claimed that new No.9 could come in the form of Abraham or Nunez after Mendes approached multiple centre-forwards in Europe about joining Antonio Conte’s side.

Neither player is likely to be cheap, however. The Daily Mail recently reported that Roma have put a £100m price tag on Abraham’s head, while reports from Portugal suggest Nunez will cost interested parties £66m.

The above comes as no shock, as both players have performed exceptionally well this season. Abraham has scored 23 goals in all competitions, while Nunez has bagged 28.

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What has O’Rourke said about Mendes and Tottenham?

O’Rourke does not think there is too much in the speculation about Mendes searching for a potential replacement for Kane.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about it, the transfer insider said: “It’s maybe a bit of mischief-making, this story about Jorge Mendes trying to look for replacements for Harry Kane.”

Should Tottenham target Abraham or Nunez if Kane leaves?

When you look at their goalscoring records this season, Abraham and Nunez could be good options for Tottenham to consider if Kane is United bound.

Abraham for £100m, though, is probably a non-starter. The England international has impressed under former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho at Roma, but Spurs are unlikely to spend that kind of money on one individual. The most they have spent on an initial transfer fee is £53.8m when they signed Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon back in 2019.

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Nunez is the more realistic option, but they could face competition, as rivals West Ham tried to buy him in January.

The north London outfit, however, will surely fancy their chances if it comes down to a straight shootout between them and the Hammers, especially if they manage to qualify for the Champions League. Given how Nunez has performed in the current campaign, though, it is hard to imagine it only being a two-horse race for his signature.

All in all, replacing Kane looks like a real headache, so Tottenham have to do everything they can to keep hold of him this summer.

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