Paul Robinson is enthralled by the possibility of Spurs receiving £100m or more plus Spanish international Aymeric Laporte in exchange for Harry Kane, who is courting serious attention from Manchester City [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: Harry Kane links to Manchester City refuse to subside
Moving into 2021/22, Spurs will be desperate to cling on to their prize assets in order to sustain a challenge for Champions League qualification.
Defenders Joe Rodon and Matt Doherty have been heavily linked with departures from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium [The Sun].
However, arguably the most high-profile exit link in English football this summer has been the transfer saga surrounding Kane following Manchester City’s rejected £100m bid for the 27-year-old [CBS Sports].
With rumours swirling that the Citizens could use Laporte, Raheem Sterling or Gabriel Jesus as part of the deal [CBS Sports], Robinson has expressed his excitement in particular regard to the notion of the Spain defender moving to London in this transfer window.
Would Laporte improve the Tottenham backline?
The Latest: Robinson delivers positive verdict
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, the former Lilywhites goalkeeper stated: “There is talk of £100million plus Sterling or Laporte. To me that is looking like a great deal for Spurs.
“Laporte is a world-class centre-half and we know that Spurs are in desperate need of a centre-half. Laporte is the main player at the back for Spain now and he has done brilliantly since he moved to Manchester City.
“Harry Kane was at the peak of his powers last season but he is 28 and has had his fair share of injury problems. You will probably only get 25 games out of him a season for the next four years.
“If you can get £100million plus one of City’s top players then it is a good deal for Spurs.”
The Verdict: Could soften Kane blow
Robinson correctly identifies that Laporte would be a “world class” addition to what has been a problem position for Spurs in recent months.
In 2020/21, the defender played an important part in Manchester City’s double-winning season, completing 27 appearances and notching two goals across all competitions [Transfermarkt].
Of course, there would be an ironic nature to any prospective swap deal bringing the 27-year-old to Tottenham. In the previous term, his standout action for his current employers was his winning goal for City in the Carabao Cup final, subjecting Spurs to a 1-0 defeat at Wembley [BBC].
If Tottenham are going to lose their club captain in a record-shattering deal, receiving Laporte as part of any transaction would surely be a real boost to supporters ahead of the forthcoming season.
In other news, Spurs have opened talks with a ‘promising’ 22 y/o defender.
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