By Russell Edge
Sky Sports pundits Tony Gale and Ray Wilkins have claimed that Tottenham striker Harry Kane is worth more than Brazilian forward Neymar.
The former Barcelona man joined Paris Saint Germain for a world record fee of £198million (€222million) over the summer, smashing the previous record set by Manchester United for Paul Pogba, which stood at £89million (€105million).
Kane has reportedly been targeted by Spanish giants Real Madrid in a potential £170million (€200million) swoop, which would make him the second most expensive player in history behind Neymar.
However Gale believes that Kane is a crucial part of Tottenham’s future, and insisted that if they did choose to sell the 24-year-old striker that he would fetch a new record price.
He told Sky Sports on their website: “They’d be mad to sell him, you’ve got to build everything around him and give him what Real Madrid would pay him.
“I think he’s worth more than Neymar. Harry’s got goals in him and goals are the thing.
“You want the best players to play in the new stadium and he’s one of the best strikers in the world at the moment.”
Meanwhile Wilkins believes that the England forward is worth more than just money to Spurs, and used their previous transfer dealings to prove why letting their stars depart for huge fees is not always beneficial.
“They got £80m for Gareth Bale and they didn’t really do a lot with that so they can’t afford to let him go,” said Wilkins on Sky Sports’ website.
“You’ve seen what’s gone on and you have £180m for (Kylian) Mbappe and £198 for Neymar. Harry’s up there with the lot of them.
“He has to be up there near that figure and that’s the going rate for players.”
Kane has enjoyed a hugely successful start to the season with Spurs, netting 11 goals in just nine appearances, including seven in his last three outings.
He has demonstrated his natural goal scoring talent since breaking onto the scene with Spurs, having scored at least 20 league goals in each of the last three seasons, and picking up two successive Premier League golden boot awards.
He will be hoping to carry his domestic form onto the international stage, as he looks to add to his 10 goals from 21 appearances for England in their World Cup qualifiers.
The Three Lions know that victory from one of their two matches against Slovenia and Lithuania will secure their spot at the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.
In other Tottenham news, a major injury blow has ruled out a major attacker from the club’s clash with Real Madrid.