Clubs from Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues spent just £241million in January – a signal that Harry Kane is trapped at Tottenham.
That is according to finance expert and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after journalist David Ornstein told Sky Sports that Kane, 27, would “like to leave Tottenham.”
January is always considerably quieter than the summer window but data from Deloitte shows that transfer spending in January 2020 stood at £811m.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, a famously accomplished negotiator, is likely to demand in excess of £120million for his prize asset, according to Ornstein.
Kane turns 28 in July and signed a six-year contract in 2018 reported to be worth in the region of £200,000 per week.
Maguire pointed out Kane’s age in conjunction with the downturn in the market and hinted that the England captain was unlikely to get his move.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He’s got another five years in him at least. He could go to another club and deliver.
“But there’s no doubt that the market value of players who are 26 or over has fallen because clubs are looking at the total cost when signing a player.
“If you sign him at 23 and he’s on a five-year contract, you could still sell him down the line and get a big fee.
“Whoever came in for Harry Kane, they’d sign him at 28 for £120m-plus on a five-year deal. They’ll be wondering, what they are going to get back?
“That’s something that’s always factored into what clubs are willing to pay. We’ve not seen any £100m-plus deals for a couple of years now.
“This is due in part, of course, to Covid. When Eden Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid in 2019, he was the last one in the price bracket.”
Kane has been in characteristically brilliant form in 2020-21 and leads the Premier League in terms of both goals and assists.
He will be desperate to get his first taste of silverware when Spurs face Man City in the League Cup final in April.