Former Leeds United and England defender Danny Mills believes Cristiano Ronaldo could replace Harry Kane at Tottenham as a stop-gap.
Kane has been the subject of continuous transfer speculation over the course of the summer transfer window and is allegedly favouring a big-money move to Manchester City.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims City have had a fresh bid of €150 million (£127m) ‘in place since last week’, but reinforces that Spurs have not changed their stance on keeping their prized asset.
Pep Guardiola’s side have already seen a bid of £100 million turned down by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who has insisted on maintaining his price tag on Kane as £160 million.
However, the Telegraph recently reported that Man City could be prepared to go as high as £150m before the end of the window.
Should Spurs and City eventually come to an agreement, though, former footballer-turned-pundit Mills claims Juventus stalwart Ronaldo would be the only player to fill the potential void left by Kane.
Ronaldo has been the subject of mass transfer speculation himself this summer, and recently posted a statement on social media denying any rumours about a possible exit.
Speaking on the uncertainty surrounding Kane’s future, Mills told Football Insider: “The problem is now with two weeks or so left of the transfer window, who do you bring in to replace Harry Kane? The season has started. Who’s available? Who’s out there?
“What about Ronaldo? Juventus don’t want him. That’s a one year stop gap realistically. Ronaldo can’t go on forever.
“Who else is there who can come in and score 20 goals a season? There aren’t many strikers out there.”
While Spurs could receive a mammoth fee for Kane, Mills quickly pointed out a problem the north Londoners may face if they were to re-enter the market for reinforcements.
He added: “At the moment, it’s a bit of a Fernando Torres-Andy Carroll situation. One goes for £50million so the next one goes for an extra £20million because the price is inflated.
“If Tottenham have got £150million in the bank, if they’re looking at a player for £50million that price is now £80million, £90million. They know they have the money and they will be desperate to get a player in.
“I’m not sure this is a transfer that will happen. It’s still in the balance either way and Harry Kane may have to stay at Spurs.”
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It is true that not many players could directly replace Kane at Spurs as his goal output every season is invaluable. Ronaldo would be one of those players, as he has maintained an exceptionally high standard, even as a 36-year-old. The thought of a four-time Ballon d’Or lining up for Spurs, though, even for a solitary season, sounds crazy to even consider.
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