Danny Mills has backed Tottenham Hotspur to make an approach for Romelu Lukaku if the North London club lose Harry Kane in the summer.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding Kane’s future over recent weeks, which is not surprising considering that the striker will only have two years left to run on his contract with Spurs in the summer (Transfermarkt).
The England captain is rumoured to be a target for Manchester United (Mirror) and Manchester City (The Sun), while a move to Newcastle United has also been mooted as a possibility for the 28-year-old (GiveMeSport).
Sources have indicated (Fabrizio Romano on Here We Go Podcast) that Antonio Conte’s future at Spurs might be tied with Kane’s, with the striker said to have a good relationship with the Italian.
Mills has now suggested that if Kane does join Manchester City in the summer, Conte might push the Spurs hierarchy to complete a deal for Lukaku, who the 52-year-old brought the best out of at Inter Milan.
The former Leeds United defender told Football Insider: “We know that Kylian Mbappe is going to go to Real Madrid, so he goes in there. Can they afford Haaland off the back of that as well? Possibly.
“Pep has said that he wants a centre-forward. Let’s say Kane’s available and Kane goes. Then Conte may want Lukaku. That might seem a little bit far fetched but he’s not overly happy there.
“They have also got a myriad of issues going on at the club. He loves Conte, Conte knows how well he can play and knows how to get the best out of him.
“It would be a statement signing for Spurs. If you lose Kane and replace him with Lukaku then you would appease the fans a little bit and everyone’s happy. As long as Conte’s still at Spurs that is.
“There an awful lot of decisions to make. Mbappe, where does he go? Haaland, does he go to Real Madrid?”
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My gut feeling is that Kane will not sign a new contract but Spurs will decide to keep him for one more season even though that might mean having to accept a cut-price fee for the striker in the summer of 2023.
I cannot see Conte staying if Kane is sold. For that reason, I think the Spurs hierarchy will reject any offers for the striker this summer. Whether or not we finish top four could also have a major bearing on the 28-year-old’s future.
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