Tottenham are gearing up for the departure of Harry Kane with a report naming eight names that will feature on Ange Postecoglou’s list of targets to replace the England captain.
Spurs’ all-time leading goalscorer now has just 12 months left on his deal and is reportedly giving strong thoughts to leaving the club. Kane turns 30 this week and, having not ever won a career trophy, knows that time is starting to run out.
Plenty believe it would be a travesty were Kane never to lift silverware through his career, especially considering his goalscoring abilities.
As such, Tottenham have probably never been closer to seeing their talismanic frontman depart.
Understandably, suitors for his services are not in short supply. The hunt is being led by Bayern Munich, who have already seen two bids fall short.
But the German giants remain determined and are ready to make Tottenham a third offer which could twist their arm. As a pre-cursor to his possible sale, the club’s owner, Joe Lewis, has already told chairman Daniel Levy that Kane must be sold if he does not extend his contract.
Per reports, Tottenham are still hoping to land €100m (£86.5m) for Kane. And while that is a little beyond what Bayern are wanting to spend, there is a feeling the deal will go through. To that end, a high-ranking Bayern official insists Kane has given his word that he wants the move.
Should Bayern fail to strike a deal, the likes of Manchester United, PSG and possibly Real Madrid are all lurking in the background.
And while United seemingly are focusing on other targets, it’s not yet out the question a late move could be made.
Either way, and given Lewis’ instructions to sell, it does seem that a parting of ways is inevitable.
Tottenham want Kolo Muani and Goncalo Ramos
As a result, reports on Monday claimed Tottenham are preparing for Kane’s exit by already eyeing their preferred potential replacement.
To that end, talks over a deal for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani are seemingly underway.
The France striker enjoyed a stellar season for the Bundesliga side, playing his part in 40 goals (23 goals and 17 assists). As such, he is rated extremely highly with suitors warned a possible deal would set them back around €80m (£68.9m).
That would represent a club-record deal for Spurs were it to go through. But they do seemingly have a strong belief a deal can be done amid claims that Kolo Muani – who is also on Man Utd’s radar – is willing to give the move to Spurs the green light.
However, as the Daily Mail points out, he is not the only striker under consideration at N7.
Taking advice from new boss Ange Postecoglou, the north London outfit have reportedly drawn up an eight-strong list of targets who they will consider as Kane’s successor.
Indeed, per the report, another Manchester United target also features on Spurs’ wishlist in Goncalo Ramos.
The Benfica striker was considered by United in their quest to sign a new No 9. And while links to the Portugal striker have eased, it’s reported he’s now under consideration at Spurs.
In addition, they are also keen on breakthrough Brighton teenager Evan Ferguson. The Irishman netted 10 goals in 25 appearances for the Seagulls and, as a player with huge potential, would not come cheap.
Another Premier League star in Ivan Toney is also admired by Tottenham. However, the England cap is currently serving an eight-month ban for breaches of betting regulations, meaning a move is unlikely to be pursued.
Harry Kane successor: Spurs have four other transfer targets
Outside the Premier League, the report claims Spurs could also reportedly consider four other options.
And next up is Udinese striekr Beto, who was the subject of a failed £20m bid from Everton in January.
The Portuguese striker has made double figures in both the last two seasons in Serie A.
Argentina-born Mexico striker Santiago Gimenez is another striker posting solid numbers of late to feature on the list. The PSV striker netted 23 times in 44 games last season as Arne Slot’s side won the Eredivisie title.
The qualities of Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic are also well known. He has not quite matched his excellent record at Fiorentina since moving to the Bianconeri some 18 months ago.
And with UCL football eluding Juve next season, they are reportedly looking to cash in to help balance the books. A fee in the region of €70m (£60m) has been suggested.
The list is completed by current La Viola striker Arthur Cabral. The Brazilian scored just eight times in 35 appearances last season as he settled into Serie A.
Considered strong, quick and mobile, the Brazilian scored 65 times in 109 appearances for Basel, earning admiration from Leeds.
Whoever Tottenham go for, however, is likely to cost them a sizeable fee. But then replacing Kane’s goals and leadership was never, ever going to be easy when the day eventually came.