Alan Shearer says that Harry Kane must seal a transfer away from Tottenham this summer or not at all, if he is pondering a move.
Reports have claimed that Kane will look to leave Spurs if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. However, Jose Mourinho’s men have a mountain to climb with seven games to go. They sit in seventh, six points behind fourth-placed West Ham. Furthermore, they will switch their focus to the Carabao Cup final later this month.
But regardless of Spurs‘ push for the top four, other publications have said that Kane feels “100 per cent” ready to find a new club.
The big problem, though, is finding a club who would be able to pay a British transfer record fee. Indeed, the cost of the coronavirus pandemic across Europe will make that search harder.
Legendary Premier League striker Shearer did not speculate who Kane could join. However, he insisted that the forward must leave in the coming months, if at all.
“I’ve got way too much respect for Harry as a player and a man to offer him advice on a decision that I know for myself is rarely linear and that may not, in the end, be his to make,” he wrote in The Athletic.
“What I would say, though, is this: if he’s going to leave, it looks like this summer or not at all. Harry is 28 in three months and this is why I think we’re approaching a pivotal moment.
“He’s at his peak, the ready-made article, an absolute guarantee of goals wherever he plays and the opposite of a gamble, but a buying club is going to want three or four of his best years in return for what would certainly be an exorbitant transfer fee.
“This is that time. Twelve months down the line and it becomes that bit more difficult to justify.”
Should Kane leave, though, the sale would offer Spurs a hefty amount of funds with which to find a new player.
However, Shearer warned that the influx of cash may not be as big as a boon as it may seem.
Spurs could get ‘shafted’ by Kane situation
“A lack of crowds inside their beautiful new stadium has cost them, but that doesn’t mean selling Harry makes financial sense,” the pundit added.
“If they have designs on getting back to the elite, players of his calibre will be necessary.
“They couldn’t let him go without identifying a replacement and they’ll know there’s a huge danger of being shafted on a fee once they get big dough for Harry.
“They have to look after themselves.”
Spurs return to action on Friday when facing Everton at Goodison Park.