Clive Allen insists Antonio Conte’s first question to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will be: ‘Is Harry Kane staying?’
The former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager is in talks with Spurs to succeed Jose Mourinho in north London.
But his decision to take over at Tottenham could depend on the future of £120million-rated Kane, who reportedly wants to leave in search of silverware this summer.
Spurs legend Allen told Thursday’s talkSPORT Breakfast: “That would be one of Conte’s first conversations with Daniel Levy.
“Conte needs to know whether he’s going to have his centre-forward and goalscorer for the start of the next campaign.
“I’d imagine with Spurs bringing in a new manager that is one of the reassurances they’d have to give him.
“You take Harry Kane’s goals out of the team and all of a sudden you’re in a very, very difficult situation.
“So that’s the first question that Conte’s going to be asking and it has to be answered. Spurs need to keep Harry Kane.
“All the indications are that he wants to leave, you look at his body language, you look at the messages coming out, it looks like he’s leaving.
“If that is the case, you need to know who’s coming in. Who are they getting to replace him? That is a difficult, difficult question to answer.”
Man City will reportedly put four players up for sale in order to raise funds to sign Harry Kane this summer.
The Tottenham striker is believed to be their No.1 target, but will need to offload some other players in order to finance the deal.
The Athletic says City could ship out Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, though suggests Aymeric Laporte is the most likely to leave.
Kane is understood to have made City his first-choice destination but there could still be some reluctance by Daniel Levy to sell him to a Premier League rival.
Lionel Messi looks set to agree a new two-year contract to stay at Barcelona.
The Argentine superstar is out of contract with the Catalan club this summer with speculation that he could leave.
He wanted to go last summer as he was dissatisfied with the club following the sale of Luis Suarez.
The situation has changed, though, following Joan Laporta’s successful election campaign, while they have also signed his friend Sergio Aguero.
Spanish publication AS claim Messi is on the verge of penning a new deal with the club.