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Chelsea and Tottenham are fierce rivals on the pitch, but the Blues have actually done Spurs a massive favor relating to Harry Kane’s transfer value.
The last thing Chelsea officials want to do is help Tottenham, but that’s exactly what club officials have managed to do this week. The Blues’ massive offer for Romelu Lukaku has served to embolden Spurs officials determined to value Harry Kane at well over £100 million.
According to Goal, Chelsea have returned to Inter with an offer of approximately £130 million to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the Premier League. The Serie A giants originally rejected a bid of £100 million from the Blues earlier this summer but may be forced to reconsider the extravagant offer.
In a strange way, Chelsea’s massive bid serves as great news for Tottenham. Spurs are facing an intense battle to keep prolific striker Harry Kane in North London this summer. Manchester City have been strongly linked with a keen interest in the England captain, but Tottenham’s astronomical asking price has kept them at bay to date.
Chelsea’s Lukaku bid allows Tottenham to hold the line
Lukaku is a prolific striker in his own right, but Spurs officials can make a cogent argument that Kane is the superior player. He lacks the physical power of the Belgian star, but he’s absolutely a better finisher. Kane’s ability to also be an assist leader for his club makes him more valuable than Lukaku.
In other words, City now understand they have lost all ability to negotiate any sort of discount for Kane. If Chelsea are willing to pay upwards of £130 million for Lukaku it will permit Spurs to comfortably ask for over £150 million for Kane. In comparison, that would make City’s impending purchase of Aston Villa star Jack Grealish look like a minor transaction.
None of this means Kane won’t be headed to Manchester this summer, but officials at City should be fuming over the timing of Chelsea’s latest bid for Lukaku. The price for accomplished strikers in Europe is clearly on the rise. That means City will need to pay through the nose if they want to pry Kane away from Tottenham.