Harry Kane has been warned that it won’t be easy leaving Tottenham – by a player who knows firsthand how difficult it can be to face Daniel Levy.
The rumor exploded last night when 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 not winning a silver dwarf in his career.
Kane is under contract with Spurs for three more seasons, which means President Levy is well positioned to command a massive transfer fee.
Levy is renowned for being a tough negotiator and Darren Bent knows full well how difficult it can be to get out of Tottenham.
Bent left the North London club for Sunderland in 2009, but negotiations were lengthy.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, he said: “It’s difficult (to leave). It was difficult for me and I was far from being where Harry Kane is at Spurs.
“I’ve told the story before of being on the plane, having to get off the plane, waiting for Spurs to come back from Hong Kong before the deal with Sunderland is done.
“It was so difficult. I never knew which part was missing which is why it took so long.
“You’re talking about a guy who, if he stays there, will be the all-time top scorer. He’s one of the greatest goal scorers we’ve ever produced.
“I saw Dimitar Berbatov struggling to get out. I saw Robbie Keane struggle to get out. I saw Luka Modric wrestle. I saw Gareth Bale, who was one of the best in the country at the time, having to pay a world record to get out of Spurs.
“If you think Kane is going to be able to leave for £ 100-120million, no luck.
“Levy is one of those owners who, if they say £ 140million, won’t let him go for less than £ 140million.”
Chelsea, Man City and Man United are the three Premier League teams that have reportedly contacted Kane’s representatives.
These are the three who could perhaps afford the transfer fees we talked about.
But Bent believes Chelsea would be unlikely due to the rivalry between the clubs.
“I think he will have an idea of where he wants to go. I think he will know how good he is and if he becomes available roughly what teams would be for him, ”Bent said. “It would be a matter of preference.
“Harry seems to like Spurs so it won’t be an easy decision for him. He scored so many goals, loved by fans, everyone loves him. To pick up and go – it’s not easy.
“One of the clubs that have that kind of money is Chelsea and they’re going to put it all in.
“Do I see Daniel Levy selling to Chelsea?” I don’t, unless you add another £ 50million to it.
“I see him potentially selling to Manchester City or United. These two have the best opportunity.
“Although Chelsea have the money for it, the hatred between the two football clubs (will stop it).
“I played in this derby. It’s a great game to play, but it’s really hostile. For Daniel Levy to be seen as reinforcing one of their rivals, I can’t see that happening.
Kane’s record for Tottenham is phenomenal with 220 goals in just 334 games over the past decade.
And how good is he here? He is currently among the top two forwards in the world, according to Bent.
“Harry Kane has said on several occasions that if Spurs’ ambitions do not match his own, he will have to look to move on,” said the former Charlton, Spurs and Aston Villa forward.
“Obviously from where he’s been in his career he’s one of the best center-forwards in the world – it’s him and Lewandowski.
“He should compete for the biggest trophies in the world. He won Golden Boots in the Premier League, his record is out of this world by the way. He won a World Cup Golden Boot, the only thing missing from his CV are major honors in terms of club honors.
“There is an argument that he is one of the greatest goalscorers in England’s history and that he still has a long way to go. He is expected to play for a club competing for a major trophy.