With Harry Kane now finding some form at the Euros over the past couple of games, the rumours about a Tottenham exit aren’t going away anytime soon.
Spurs would obviously love to keep their star man for the foreseeable future, but big clubs have, and likely always will be, circling, including Manchester City.
That is, at least, what the newspapers are reporting, but even without all this fanfare surrounding the England international, there would still be a need for a new striker at Tottenham.
Carlos Vinicius, who was brought in on loan from Benfica as a backup, has returned to Portugal, and Fabio Paratici now has the task, for the time being, of finding competition for Kane in the Spurs squad.
One of the names that have popped up recently is that of Patrik Schick, who has starred at the Euros with five goals in five games and came off the back of a decent first season at Bayer Leverkusen, where he found the back of the net 13 times in 36 appearances in all competitions.
Gazzetta dello Sport are the ones reporting this on Monday, claiming that Spurs are ‘the most intriguing track’ in the Premier League for the Czech Republic international, as they are ‘grappling with the Harry Kane case’.
They believe ‘it’s logical that Fabio Paratici thinks of Schick to replace his striker’, since he wanted him at Juventus four years ago.
The question asked now is whether or not he will be successful this time around in luring the forward to his club, but everyone is warned that ‘Leverkusen raise the barricades’, with a purchase price likely to be ‘very high’, estimated at ‘around €40m’.
It’s a lot of money, but, should Kane be sold, there would be cash to burn on a replacement.
As for whether Paratici, and Daniel Levy for that matter, would be ready to spend that much on a rotation option, that remains to be seen.