By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Ian Wright is convinced eyebrows would be raised if one of the Continental big guns made a bid to sign Harry Kane.
The Arsenal legend says he “would not dispute” the Tottenham striker’s inclusion in the PFA team of the season alongside fellow England international Jamie Vardy.
But Wright says the pair are not in the same class as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who reached a century of Premier League goals last weekend in the second fastest time ever, behind only Alan Shearer.
TV pundit Wright believes Aguero would improve any team in the world, including Barcelona, whose front three of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar have ripped up the history books with their prolific scoring in the last two seasons.
But the former striker does not believe Kane and Vardy would be able to make the same impact at Europe’s biggest clubs despite being named as the two leading Premier League strikers of the season.
“Let me make it clear, I’ve got nothing against Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy and would not dispute their selection given the season they’ve had,” Wright told The Sun.
“But I do find it staggering Aguero isn’t in there. When people talk of genuine world-class striking talent, Aguero’s name always gets a mention.
“If you heard that Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid had made a move to sign him, you’d struggle to find anyone raising an eyebrow. If you heard any of those three were chasing Kane or Vardy, could you honestly say there would be the same reaction?
“I genuinely believe if you put Aguero in any line-up of any team, anywhere in the world, then you improve it. I even include Barcelona in that.
“He certainly wouldn’t weaken it, because you could easily see Aguero in the Luis Suarez role at Barca.
“Just as he would definitely rival Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, Real’s Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, or Mario Mandzukic at Juventus.”
Kane is the Premier League’s top scorer with 24 goals this season to follow up his brilliant breakthrough campaign in 2014-15. Aguero is second with 23 strikes in the competition and Vardy is third with 22.
In other Tottenham news, one of the team’s key players could be sidelined for the rest of the season.