Gary Lineker says the prospect of Harry Kane signing for Manchester City worries him, as he named Manchester United as one of only two other clubs who could sign the Tottenham forward.
Kane has strongly hinted that he wants to leave Spurs, and he named Kevin De Bruyne as the player he would love to play alongside the most. City are interested in Kane, with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak this week saying the club is in the market for a player worthy of replacing Sergio Aguero.
Over at United, there is also an interest in Kane, while Chelsea and a number of clubs across Europe have also been linked.
However, Lineker feels only City, United and Paris Saint-Germain could afford Kane’s transfer fee and wages – even though Kane has said he doesn’t want to leave the Premier League.
Speaking to Goal, Lineker started by admitting that seeing Kane at City would concern him due to their likelihood of dominating the Premier League even more.
He said: “I think that it would be worrying [to see Kane and City dominate the league]. I would love to see him at Barcelona but they are going for Aguero and are short on cash at the moment. I think it is between Manchester City, Manchester United and maybe PSG.
“[PSG] have Pochettino and he would win things, guaranteed. I think it is more likely that one of the Manchester clubs can afford him outside of Chelsea. I don’t think he would go to Chelsea and do that to the Tottenham fans but who knows.
“I don’t think even the Tottenham fans would begrudge him moving now. He has given the club everything for a long time. They’ve not won anything with him which is a shame and it is a tough time for Tottenham.
“They are managerless in the realest sense of the word and could well lose their best player. For Harry, he needs to go and he wants to compete for major trophies, who wouldn’t? I was in a similar position myself at Leicester.
“I was in the team at the club I supported all my life, but there comes a point where you have to put your career first. I doubt he will leave before the Euros because, with Daniel Levy, it could take a while.
“You don’t know the agreement [between Kane and Levy]. He might have said ‘have one more season under Mourinho and if we don’t do anything, I will let you go’. Who knows? He’s 28 so paying over £100 million would be quite something but he does guarantee goals.
“I think he guarantees that wherever he goes. Clubs will want him which will help escalate the price for Tottenham. I think Harry will determine things and he will have to say ‘this is where I want to go’.”