What Florentino Perez wants, Florentino Perez usually gets. That was always the maxim in the Galactico era but now it’s not so true. Pogba, Mbappe; two players who chose other clubs in big money moves.
Tottenham won’t release Kane lightly but Perez believes that the north London club might be persuaded if an attractive enough player-exchange deal is proposed.
Will Daniel Levy be tempted by Gareth Bale, 28, Luca Modric, 32, and Karim Benzema, 29? With his past record on spending huge transfer fees, he could do worse than accept such a proposal.
When Bale was sold to Real in 2013, they signed 7 replacements. Paulinho, Chadli, Soldado, Chiriches, Capoue, Lamela, and Eriksen. Even by the most objective standards, only Christian Eriksen has been an unquestionable success.
Erik Lamela is the only other player than the Dane to remain at the club but the Argentinean has yet to find the consistency of Eriksen’s performances.
The question Levy has to answer is whether the trio provides good value. While Bale and Benzema are still in their peak, as undoubtedly talented as Modric is, does his signing at 32 represent value for money?
Mauricio Pochettino may find the question has a different answer to Levy but with a cash deal expected to be in the region of €150m or more, can Spurs ever find value in the transfer market?