Liverpool legend: One of Kane, Alli, Poch are Real standard

Date published: Sunday 4th February 2018 11:20

Harry Kane is good enough to join Real Madrid, but Graeme Souness doubts Dele Alli or Mauricio Pochettino are of that standard.

All three are crucial to Tottenham’s progress, and are the most regularly linked with moves elsewhere.

But Liverpool legend Souness believes only Kane is ready for that step up.

“Being impartial, I believe that Harry Kane should leave for Real Madrid this summer, if he gets the chance,” he told the Sunday Times.

“The fee Real will have to pay for Kane will start with a two and be followed by eight zeros. I reckon that he could become the first £200m player. Real broke the world record to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham for £85.3m in 2013 and Kane’s fee could surpass the £198m Paris Saint-Germain paid to sign Neymar from Barcelona last summer.

“They will pay that premium because putting the ball in the back of the net regularly is the hardest thing to do in football and, given his age, Kane should only get better.

“When Real come calling, they usually get who they want. Yes, Kylian Mbappe signed for PSG for £165m from Monaco, but how badly did Real want him? They were linked with Paul Pogba before he went to Manchester United, but if they had really wanted him they would have got him.

“Kane’s ready for Real Madrid, but Dele Alli isn’t. I’ve seen a definite improvement in Kane since he came into Tottenham’s team, but not to the same extent in Alli.

“Similarly, Real Madrid can’t be considering Mauricio Pochettino based on what he’s won. His publicity is great and he’s deemed to have done a good job at Tottenham, but if he’s being touted for the manager’s job at Real it tells me there’s a lack of candidates. Zinedine Zidane’s track record of two Champions League and a La Liga title in the past two seasons is the standard expected there.”

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