Fresh off of Tottenham’s 4-0 thrashing of Everton, Harry Kane is now Tottenham’s leading Premier League scorer in team history. After scoring a brace against Everton, Kane’s goal total with his club rose to 98. Surpassing Teddy Sheringham’s 97 goals with the team, and at the age of 24, it would seem that Kane has many more goals ahead of him for his childhood team. That is of course, unless Kane is sold to another team.
The Englishman scored more total goals in 2017, for club and country, than anyone else in the world, including the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. This feat has undoubtedly put him on the radar of all the top teams in the world, if he wasn’t already there. Despite having the top goal-scorer in the world, Tottenham still finds themselves in fifth place in the EPL table. This means they need an overall better surrounding cast despite having players like Danny Rose, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min if they want to seriously contend for an EPL Championship or the Champions League trophy.
The best way for Tottenham to achieve this is by selling its best player. By selling Kane while he is still young, under contract and in top form, Tottenham could command a Neymar-esque price for his services. Last summer’s transfer fee for Neymar to play in the Parc des Princes for PSG from Barcelona was an outstanding record-breaking €222 million, or $263 million.
While it’s unlikely that Kane would command that price, or more, it is likely that he will be close to that range. A good starting point might be somewhere between the €222 million for Neymar and the €120 million for Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona from this transfer window.
Now that a market range has been established for a player of Kane’s caliber, the next step would be to find which teams may be viable options for a transfer of that magnitude. The most important criteria for a move like this to take place would be need, available assets and team prestige.
While every team in the world would have a need for a young goal-scoring machine like Kane, some teams will struggle with altering their already strong starting lineups to be able to accommodate all of the superstar egos and playing time. In order to justify such a big move, the team would also have to be under-performing if they already have superstars on the team, so that would automatically eliminate teams at the top of their table such as Barcelona, PSG, Bayern Munich, Napoli, Juventus, Man City and Man United.
Available assets would be the biggest factor of all. A team would have to have the liquidity to purchase Kane, or players to sell in order to be able to buy him. That factor alone would eliminate almost every team in the world. Only a team with a die-hard international following with lucrative television deals would be able to meet such an asking price.
Last but not least, team prestige could be the last factor that makes or breaks Harry Kane sporting a different team’s kit in the future. If it comes down to a couple of teams, no doubt team prestige would be the determining factor. Kane would want to join a team that could make him an international house hold name like Messi and Ronaldo. This would also allow him to be the target of more lucrative sponsorship deals that could add to his total package.
All things considered, it’s extremely doubtful that Spurs would let Kane go to any English Premier League team, as that would be counter-productive toward their goal of winning the EPL championship. That leaves La Liga teams the most likely options as they have a history of buying some of the best players from the EPL, and they are some of the most prestigious teams in the world outside of England.
Why Real Madrid
Enter Real Madrid. Los Blancos, as they’re otherwise known, seem to fit all of these criteria perfectly. Real Madrid’s current goal-scorers have not been in their best form this season. French striker Karim Benzema has struggled mightily this season, scoring only two league goals this season, something that is almost unimaginable for a Real Madrid striker.
The Gareth Bale to Manchester United speculations only seem to grow larger as each transfer window comes and goes. Team management and Cristiano Ronaldo also seem to be growing further apart with each passing day. It would seem Ronaldo is on his way out of Madrid sooner rather than later as well, giving the team a huge need for a goal-scoring weapon like Kane. Kane is only 24 and still approaching his prime as a player.
He could be the future face of the sport at a club like Real Madrid, widely considered the most popular soccer team worldwide. That checks off the need and team prestige boxes in Madrid’s favor. Madrid came into this season as favorites to win the league along with the Champions League once again. They are currently fourth on their league table, when it was supposed to be Barcelona that imploded with the departure of Neymar.
Last but not least, when it comes to assets, if Real Madrid ended up selling Gareth Bale, they could also sell Benzema and eventually Ronaldo as well, which should give them plenty to spend on a world class player like Harry Kane.
At the end of the day, it’s the fit that makes the most sense for both sides. It would only seem fitting that a player like Kane, who could soon end up being the best player in the world, to play on what some would consider the best team in the world.
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