AC Milan’s pulling power may be more horse than tractor these days, but if the Rossoneri’s pockets are as deep as the Corierre dello Sport suggests they are, then Tottenham will have a decision to make in January.
Italy’s most famous purveyors of football news report that Milan are so sweet on Spurs striker Harry Kane, they are prepared to stump up €50m (£42.4m) in January to try and lure him to the San Siro.
In the climate of £89m world record signings and precedents such as the £76m Juventus paid Napoli for Gonzalo Huguain this summer, it’s highly debatable that the quoted figure be anywhere near sufficient to purchase the Premier League’s leading scorer of last season.
Still, this is not an insignificant amount of wonga in any given currency and if the offer materialises, Daniel Levy’s ears will prick.
Having sold Gareth Bale for a then global-high £86m a few years back, it still feels improbable at best that Spurs’ most valuable asset would be allowed to leave for just about half that amount.
In the past two seasons 23-year-old Kane has fired in 21 and 25 Premier League goals respectively, taking Spurs within touching distance of the 2015/16 title and booking a return to the Champions League table.
Although the term invaluable doesn’t quite ring true in football, the Walthamstow wonder’s importance to the Lilywhites cause is crystal clear.
Milan, whose status as European royalty has suffered over the past three seasons thanks to off-field issues and colourless mid-table finishes, may well have to go back to the drawing board/bank manager.
While January is some way off, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping Kane’s slightly skewed early-season radar corrects itself sooner rather than later, with his Spurs side travelling to Stoke in the league next.
The England centre-forward is still the 4/1 favourite to get the scoreboard rolling in the Potteries.
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