Deadline Day may have come and gone for another year, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill stops turning. Reports in Italy are this week linking AC Milan with a huge January offer for Tottenham talisman Harry Kane.
According to Corriere dello Sport, AC have earmarked the England international as a priority target with a takeover by a Chinese consortium expected to be confirmed in the coming months.
Kane is yet to score this term, but the forward began last season in similar fashion only to end up with the Premier League’s Golden Boot on 25 goals and has already seen international team-mate Joe Hart try out the Italian scene at Torino.
The Londoner has fired in 48 league goals for Spurs in the last two full campaigns, and having just turned 23, is one of Europe’s most sought-after forwards.
Manchester United have been linked with a big-money move for the Tottenham number 10 for much of the last 24 months, but now it seems Spurs’ latest approach will come from Serie A.
Iroincally it’s a current United player who’s departure from i rossoneri can be traced to their current pursuit of Kane.
Since selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic to PSG in 2012, AC have fallen away from title contention, and after coming third in their first Zlatan-less season, have failed to finish higher than seventh in any of the last four campaigns.
AC’s top scorers since Zlatan left for France are Stephane El-Shaawary, Mario Balotelli, Jeremy Menez and Carlos Bacca.
Good though they are, they aren’t the top-notch quality required to haul the club back to it’s former glory.
The Chinese takeover could be completed early next year, and reports in Italy claim AC may even test Tottenham’s resolve with a January bid.
Tied down with the White Hart Lane outfit until 2020, any offer for Kane would be monumental.
Tottenham rejected advances from Old Trafford of around £45m 12 months ago, and with another season of goal-smashing under his belt, Kane’s stock has spiralled again.
It’s near-impossible to imagine Spurs selling their prized asset mid-season, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the San Siro outfit test the waters in January, before making a significant bid in the summer.
Kane could get off the mark this weekend when Tottenham head to Stoke.
The Englishman netted twice when Spurs last headed to Staffordshire and we make the hotshot 4/1 favourite to score the game’s opening goal.
Should Kane end up in another 20-goal campaign this season, Tottenham can expect the list of potential suitors to keep on growing.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.