Alan Shearer has warned Harry Kane that he might find it tougher to find a team willing to meet Tottenham’s demands for him next year if he doesn’t move on at the end of the season.
Kane is believed to be ready to tell Tottenham he wants to leave in the summer if Spurs don’t qualify for the Champions League.
With Jose Mourinho’s side faltering in the Premier League, it currently seems likely that they’ll miss out on a top-four finish.
Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is adamant that he won’t sell to a domestic rival, and is set to demand a British transfer fee be paid in order to even consider selling.
Kane, 27, has attracted attention from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester City, and the striker has been warned it could be now or never for him to make a move.
Writing in his column for The Athletic, Shearer explained that it’s unlikely Spurs will be able to justify asking for an extortionate transfer fee in a year’s time.
“I’ve got way too much respect for Harry as a player and a man to offer him advice on a decision that I know for myself is rarely linear and that may not, in the end, be his to make,” he explained.
“What I would say, though, is this: if he’s going to leave, it looks like this summer or not at all. Harry is 28 in three months and this is why I think we’re approaching a pivotal moment.
“He’s at his peak, the ready-made article, an absolute guarantee of goals wherever he plays and the opposite of a gamble, but a buying club is going to want three or four of his best years in return for what would certainly be an exorbitant transfer fee.
“This is that time. Twelve months down the line and it becomes that bit more difficult to justify.”
Shearer went on to explain that Spurs are well within their rights to ask for a hefty transfer fee in order to sell.
“A lack of crowds inside their beautiful new stadium has cost them, but that doesn’t mean selling Harry makes financial sense,” he continued.
“If they have designs on getting back to the elite, players of his calibre will be necessary.
“They couldn’t let him go without identifying a replacement and they’ll know there’s a huge danger of being shafted on a fee once they get big dough for Harry. They have to look after themselves.”