Monday, September 11, 2023

Romelu Lukaku and Aleksandar Mitrovic, plus star rivalling Kylian Mbappe – strikers Tottenham could sign to replace Harry Kane

How do you replace 280 goals?

That is the question Tottenham face if Harry Kane decides to join Bayern Munich.

Kane may have played his last match for TottenhamGetty

Spurs have accepted a bid worth £84.5million plus add-ons to sell their all-time leading goalscorer.

It is now down to Kane to decide his future after being offered a five-year deal by the German champions.

The 30-year-old is thought to be enjoying life under Ange Postecoglou and his exit is not yet guaranteed.

But Tottenham are resigned to selling him – and they have started looking for replacements.

Spurs already have Brazil’s first-choice No.9 in their ranks and despite Richarlison’s lack of goals last season, many expect him to thrive under Postecoglou after a promising pre-season.

Heung-min Son has also been known to do a job up front if needed and Tottenham recently signed striker Alejo Veliz from Rosario Central.

But with three days to go until the start of their Premier League season, they would need to spend some of that £84.5m to fill the hole that Kane leaves behind.

Here are the men who could replace him…

Kane would leave a huge void at SpursGetty

Romelu Lukaku

A grand total of £288m has been spent on Lukaku by various clubs over the years and yet the Chelsea misfit finds himself without a place to call home ahead of the 2022/23 season.

The Blues did not even include Lukaku on their squad number list for the upcoming campaign.

Inter Milan do not want him anymore and Juventus fans recently staged a protest against signing him this summer.

Enter Spurs. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Tottenham will move to try and sign Lukaku from rivals Chelsea if Kane leaves.

It would likely be a tempting deal for the 30-year-old, who has no allegiance to the Blues and wants to stay in Europe, rather than go to Saudi Arabia.

The striker spent last season with Inter MilanGetty

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Kane hasn’t been the only high-profile striker caught up in a transfer saga this summer.

Mitrovic was keen to end his six-season spell with Fulham this summer with a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia on the table.

Fulham blocked the move, to the fury of the striker, who is said to have told friends and family that he would never play for the Cottagers again.

The Serbia star did return to the squad for the pre-season friendly against Hoffenheim on Saturday and manager Marco Silva suggested he would stay after all.

However, reports claim Tottenham have sounded out the possibility of signing Mitrovic – and there could yet be another twist to the tale.

It’s been suggested Mitrovic will go on strike as he looks to push through a move to Saudi ArabiaAFP

Jonathan David

The Lille star remains one of the hottest properties in Europe after yet another excellent season in Ligue 1.

David bagged 24 goals in 37 league matches, with only Alexandre Lacazette and Kylian Mbappe scoring more.

However, the 24-year-old is arguably the most expensive option Spurs have been linked with.

Lille president Olivier Letang recently claimed it would take a significant bid to persuade them to sell the Canada star, who is thought to be worth at least £50m.

David has been linked to United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the pastGetty

Gift Orban

Spurs have reportedly spoken to Gent about the availability of the highly-rated 21-year-old.

Orban rose to prominence after joining the Belgian Pro League in January and netting 20 goals in 22 games.

The Nigerian recently bagged a hat-trick in a pre-season friendly and a number of clubs across Europe are thought to be interested.

Orban is on fire at the momentAFP

Randal Kolo Muani

The Eintracht Frankfurt star has not been linked with Tottenham – but he is available.

Kolo Muani recently handed in a transfer request amid interest from Manchester United and PSG.

The Red Devils look unlikely to pursue the 24-year-old, who registered 15 goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga last term, after signing Rasmus Hojlund.

PSG remain the frontrunners – but Spurs may yet find themselves in need of someone like Kolo Muani.

Kolo Muani is desperate to leave this summerAFP

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