Tottenham have a problem and they must make the right decisions in the next few weeks.
This is truly a significant point in the club’s history. Our captain and legend, Harry Kane, is forcing a move away from the club. Daniel Levy seems reluctant to accept the reality that Kane’s time at the club is over.
As good as he is, there is no point keeping Kane much longer. At 28 years old, Kane has played a huge part in taking Spurs up a level. Now, the club must accept his wishes to move on, sell him at peak value and reinvest quickly and wisely.
Some Spurs fans might not want to hear that, but it’s the reality we have to deal with. What’s important is how we reinvest the money. When you look at who our neighbours Arsenal are looking to sign, Spurs should be swooping.
Yes, Tottenham only have participation in the lowest level of European football next season, but that’s more than Arsenal have.
Spurs also have a director of football specialising in Serie A, and that should help them in any pursuit of Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez. Inter seem willing to part with Martinez, with the club needing to sell another major asset this summer, according to The Telegraph.
Arsenal have received encouraging noises in their pursuit of Martinez – with an asking price set at around £65million. Martinez would be a great replacement for Kane, adding qualities that would be well suited to the Premier League, whilst also being 5 years younger than Harry.
If Martinez is open to a move to Arsenal, he would also be to Spurs. Levy needs to move quickly as there are no other strikers of that quality available this summer – and in a normal market, Spurs may have little chance of signing a player of Lautaro’s quality.
Another Arsenal target Spurs should be pursuing is James Maddison. The creative midfielder has lots of goals in his locker as well as creativity, and combined with a new striker like Martinez, would help fill the void of Kane.
Maddison is 24 and like Martinez, would both give the squad an instant boost of quality, whilst also being additions that would benefit the squad in the long term.
Maddison is valued at around £60million by Leicester (Guardian). Money should not be an issue for Spurs given they seem set to raise in excess of £100million for Kane.
Investing that money immediately in the double signing of Martinez and Maddison would be a serious move of intent from Spurs and Levy and they need to do it, or risk falling well behind their rivals after the departure of Kane.