Harry Kane has been warned that it will not be easy to leave Tottenham – by a player who knows first hand how difficult it can be to deal with Daniel Levy.
The rumour mill went into overdrive last night as it emerged that England captain Kane had asked to leave Spurs at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old is unhappy with the club’s lack of success, having lost in his third final last month, and still yet to win any silverwarf in his career.
Kane is contracted with Spurs for another three seasons, meaning chairman Levy is in a strong position to command a huge transfer fee.
Levy is renowned as a tough negotiator and Darren Bent knows full well just how hard it can be to get out of Tottenham.
Bent left the north London club for Sunderland in 2009, but negotiations were protracted.
Bent spent two seasons at Tottenham after joining from Charlton and found it difficult to leave[/caption]
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, he said: “It’s hard (to leave). It was hard for me and I was nowhere near the level Harry Kane is to Spurs.
“I’ve told the story before about being on the plane, having to get off the plane, having to wait until Spurs got back from Hong Kong before the deal with Sunderland got done.
“It was so difficult. I never found out what the piece was that was missing, which is why it took so long.
“You are talking about a guy who, if he stays there, is going to be their all-time record goalscorer. He’s one of the greatest goalscorers we’ve ever produced.
“I’ve seen Dimitar Berbatov struggle to get out. I’ve seen Robbie Keane struggle to get out. I’ve seen Luka Modric struggle. I’ve seen Gareth Bale, who was one of the best in the country at the time, have to go for a world record fee to get out of Spurs.
“If you think Kane is going to be able to leave for £100million to £120million – no chance.
“Levy is one of those owners who if they say £140million, he’s not letting him go for any less than £140million.”
Chelsea, Man City and Man United are the three Premier League sides who are said to have reached out to Kane’s representatives.
They are the three who could perhaps afford the transfer fees talked about.
But Bent thinks Chelsea would be unlikely because of the rivalry between the clubs.
“I think he’ll have an idea of where he wants to go. I think he’ll know how good he is and if he becomes available roughly what teams would be in for him,” Bent said. “It would be down to preference.
“Harry looks like he loves Spurs, so it won’t be an easy decision for him. He’s scored that many goals, adored by the fans, everyone loves him. To pick up and go – it’s not easy.
“One of the clubs who have got that kind of money is Chelsea and they will throw everything at it.
“Do I see Daniel Levy selling to Chelsea? I don’t, unless you add another £50million onto it.
“I see him selling to potentially to Manchester City or United. Those two have the best opportunity.
“Although Chelsea have the money for it, the hatred between the two football club (will stop it).
“I’ve played in that derby. It’s a really good game to play in, but it’s really hostile. For Daniel Levy to be seen as making one of their rivals stronger, I can’t see that happening.”
Kane’s record for Tottenham is phenomenal scoring 220 goals in just 334 games over the last decade.
And just how good is here? He’s in the top two strikers in the world right now, according to Bent.
“Harry Kane has said a few times that if Spurs’ ambitions don’t match his own then he’s going to have to look to move on,” the former Charlton, Spurs, and Aston Villa striker said.
“Quite clearly, from where he is in his career he’s one of the best centre-forwards in the world – it’s him and Lewandowski.
“He should be competing for the biggest trophies in the world. He’s won Golden Boots in the Premier League, his record is out of this world by the way. He’s won a World Cup Golden Boot, the only thing missing off his CV is major honours in terms of club honours.
“There’s an argument to say he’s one of England’s greatest ever goal scorers and he’s still got a long way to go. He should be playing for a club competing for a major trophy.”