Harry Kane has revealed the amount it will cost Tottenham to convince him to sign a new deal, according to a report in The Telegraph.
The 23-year-old has arguably been the club’s top performer over the past two seasons and is said to be pressing for a wage increase that would see him collect £120,000-per-week.
However, despite tying a number of players to new deals in recent months, Spurs have been reluctant to open talks with either Kane or goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as doing so could damage the wage structure put in place by chairman Daniel Levy.
In Levy’s structure, there is currently no Spurs player taking home £100,000-per-week, while their top stars – Lloris and Kane – earn weekly packets of £80,000 and £60,000 respectively.
Lloris is Tottenham’s top earner, but Kane, who penned a new deal in February that still has three-and-a-half years left to run, is now thought to be keen to see his salary match his contribution to the club’s rise to prominence.
The report states that neither player is eager to enter fresh negotiations to extend their deals until Levy agrees to break his wage structure to pay what other top clubs pay their own best players.
And in Kane’s case, there is certainly interest from elsewhere, with The Telegraph naming the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as potential suitors.
With Leicester’s Jamie Vardy pocketing £100,000-per-week, Kane believes that his status as the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner should be enough to see him collect more than his international colleague.
It is widely regarded that Kane is happy to remain at White Hart Lane and is therefore in no rush to push through a move elsewhere.
However, he knows that he would have no problems in receiving the kind of salary he believes he deserves at any of the club’s listed above.
And this wage structure has bitten Tottenham where it hurts before, as The
Telegraph explains that they missed out on signing Michy Batshuayi in the summer.
Batshuayi then joined Chelsea instead, as they were willing to offer him a handsome sum of £120,000-per-week.
While Levy’s desire to have a clearly defined wage structure is admirable, it will eventually cost him a lot more if his best players decide to match their market value elsewhere.