Journalist Dean Jones has said that in order to sign Dusan Vlahovic, Tottenham would need to spend a significant portion of the fee they receive for Harry Kane.

It was reported by Fabrizio Romano a couple of days ago that even though Bayern Munich have not been able to meet Tottenham’s valuation for Kane, there is optimism about the deal at the German club.

This was followed by a fresh bid of over £100m (ESPN), including potential add-ons, as well as a ‘take it or leave it’ style deadline from the German club (Telegraph).

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Understandably, Spurs have been linked with a whole host of centre-forwards over recent weeks, with Vlahovic’s name being put forward more often than most.

Multiple outlets have suggested over the last month that the Serbian is Tottenham’s top target to fill the void left by Kane in the event of the England captain’s departure (Foot Mercato).

Vlahovic would take up most of Spurs’ Kane cash

However, Jones has now suggested that Tottenham would be better off trusting Richarlison to lead the line next season rather than spending the bulk of the Kane fee on a big-name centre-forward like Vlahovic.

The journalist told GiveMeSport: “I still think that Richarlison is really well suited to leading a Postecoglou front line and I’ve said that for a while so this is not reactive to him scoring a pre-season hat-trick.

“There are worse ideas than giving him a proper chance to be that man but of course, if Kane does end up leaving Spurs will still need to sign someone else that can play as a centre-forward.

“Vlahovic is one they have been linked with for a while but that connection has only been loose so far. He’s still there if they want him and it would take a massive chunk of the Kane cash to get that done. Kylian Mbappe might have been linked but that’s not going to happen.”

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I have no doubt that Richarlison will be given first crack at leading the line by Postecoglou but the Brazilian would need competition for his place in the side.

The question that Spurs have to answer is whether that competition can come from a younger, up-and-coming striker rather than a big-name star, which would, in turn, enable the club to spend the majority of the Kane fee to address other areas of the pitch.

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