Alan Hutton believes that Daniel Levy will only accept a straight cash offer for Harry Kane this summer.
Given the substantial price mooted, despite the current economic climate, it comes as no surprise that the possibility of a player-plus-cash deal has been put forward by some sources.
ESPN have claimed that Chelsea are prepared to use Tammy Abraham, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Callum Hudson-Odoi as potential makeweights to bring Kane to Stamford Bridge.
The Athletic have also revealed that United are prepared to send Anthony Martial the other way, knowing of Tottenham’s previous interest in the French international.
However, Hutton believes that the only way clubs are going to get Levy to the negotiating table is by making a straight cash offer that meets the Spurs chairman’s valuation.
When asked about the possibility of Martial coming to Tottenham as a part of the Kane deal, the former Spurs right-back told Football Insider: “I’m not sure you know.
“On his day, Martial can be fantastic. But I also believe you watch him in games and he doesn’t give you much.
“If you get rid of Kane to bring someone like Martial in, it doesn’t suit them. The way Levy works, he won’t want those deals.
“He won’t want a deal where he gets a player then maybe only £70million for Kane. He wants top dollar for his prize asset.
“Whatever the figure is, he wants that and he won’t budge. He doesn’t have to sell him either.
“He wants as much money as he can so it can be reinvested in the whole squad, like when Bale left for Real Madrid. That’s the reason I don’t think there will be any swap deals.”
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There are a couple of reasons why swap deals are unlikely to tempt Levy. Firstly, it is difficult for any party to agree on the value of just one player with the Spurs chairman. So, it makes it even more unlikely that clubs could reach an agreement with Levy regarding multiple players.
Secondly, even if we were planning to use the Kane money to rebuild the squad, the decision on the signings will eventually have to be made by whoever the new manager is. The last thing Levy would want is to get Martial or Abraham only for the new coach to tell him that he does not fancy the player.
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