Tottenham have been warned that they can’t afford to make the same mistake they did when they sold Gareth Bale if they allow Harry Kane to leave the club this summer. ESPN pundit Craig Burley declared that the Whites need to reinvest properly if they sell the striker.
Tottenham ace Kane continues to be linked with a move away from the club.
The striker admitted over the weekend that he won’t stay if they continue to fail to win trophies.
Kane, 27, is still yet to win his first professional title, having lost out in the Champions League final last year.
And amid interest from Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid, it has been suggested that he could leave this summer.
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He is under contract until 2024, meaning Spurs will demand a hefty transfer fee if they are to let him leave.
But Spurs have been warned that if they do end up selling, they can’t afford to do what they did in 2013 when Bale left.
Tottenham received £87million for the Welsh winger from Real Madrid, but failed to reinvest it properly.
Instead, they bought players like Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue, who failed to make the grade in north London.
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While they also brought in Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, their spending spree was largely ineffective, and Burley explained that Jose Mourinho can’t afford to make the same mistake this year.
“They got a fair amount of money for Gareth Bale when he went to Real Madrid, but they went out and threw it about a bit like confetti. It didn’t generally work for them,” he said on ESPN FC.
“The trouble here is, with Tottenham fans like any club who could lose a star player, is the domino effect.
“We wondered when Pochettino left how that domino effect might impact the other players.
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“At this moment in time it hasn’t had any [impact].
“But if you lose your star man, one of Europe’s star strikers, and you’ve already lost Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan in Janaury, you look at that club and question if you want to go to that club.
“It’s part and parcel of the business that we’re in.
“He’s one of the hottest properties in European football. Spurs are a big club but they’re not a giant European club, and that’s where I think he’s going to end up, at one of the big boys.”
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