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Tottenham have offered to make Harry Kane the best-paid player in the club’s history to ward off Real Madrid, Football Insider sources understand.
Kane is set for his third new agreement inside 18 months as his remarkable progress continues to attract interest from the world’s richest clubs.
A well-placed Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the club have offered the 22-year-old striker a new contract worth upwards of £100,000-a-week.
Over the course of a five-year deal it would be worth at least £26million, more than any contract ever handed to a Spurs player.
Emmanuel Adebayor was given a £110,000-a-week four-year contract following his move from Manchester City in 2012, while Gareth Bale was given a pay hike up to £100,000-a-week 12 months before joining Real Madrid.
Kane’s huge salary increase reflects his elevated status at the club and is part of a drive to keep the nucleus of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad together.
Football Insider revealed in March that Spurs were keen to tie Kane down to a lucrative new contract before the start of next season.
Sources have said the club are confident Kane will put pen to paper after Euro 2016.
The England international has had a second consecutive outstanding season in which he topped the Premier League goal charts with 25 goals and came third, behind Leicester duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, in the PFA Player of the Year award.
Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Josh Onomah have all been handed new agreements in recent months, while the likes of Hugo Lloris, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela have begun discussions with the club about contract extensions.
Spurs talisman Kane initially signed a contract in the summer of 2014, before penning a new £35,000-a-week, five-and-a-half-year deal in February 2015.
White Hart Lane chiefs are adamant that their talisman will not be sold to his suitors, who include Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
But chairman Daniel Levy recognises that the interest from Europe’s elite is genuine and knows that Kane needs to be brought into the top bracket of Tottenham earners.
In other Tottenham news, another White Hart Lane attacker is set to be sold this summer after a decision by Pochettino.