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Former rival predicts Tottenham fate if major transfer goes through

Jack Wilshere has warned Tottenham Hotspur that they risk missing out on Europe if they sell Harry Kane to Manchester City – who in turn would become overwhelming favourites for the title.

Wilshere spent several seasons as Tottenham’s rival with Arsenal. The two clubs are both undergoing transition this summer, with Kane’s future dominating Tottenham news. He has returned to training after rejecting reports that he was refusing to do so. However, the chances of him still being a Spurs player at the end of the month remain in doubt.

Kane has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, who said goodbye to Sergio Aguero at the end of last season. Despite splashing out £100m on attacking midfielder Jack Grealish, they could still look to spend big again on a world-class striker.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed City’s interest in Kane, who would also cost a nine-figure sum. But Tottenham will do all they can to keep the England captain.

However, the striker’s hunger for trophies could lure him to Manchester, where he could make City a dominant force.

Indeed, Wilshere – currently a free agent – believes the trophy may as well have City’s name on it before the season starts if they add Kane to their ranks.

“Man City (to win the title),” Wilshere told talkSPORT. “I played against them so many times. It’s awful. It’s horrible. You cannot get the ball off them.

“Pep just makes them play these little passes. Then they are after a number nine, talks of Harry Kane.

“If they get him then it’s game over before it has started.”

He then added an ominous warning for Tottenham, who finished seventh last season and could have worries about the season ahead if their talisman makes way.

“I think Tottenham would probably drop out of the top six if they lose Kane. 100%.”

Tottenham take steps for Kane replacement

Spurs would be more optimistic if they were able to find a top-quality replacement for Kane, however disappointed they would be to see him go.

Talk of a swoop for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic has been growing in recent weeks. The Serbian goal machine is one of the most highly rated young forwards in Europe.

According to Corriere Dello Sport, Tottenham have been talking to Vlahovic’s agent. There has been no approach to his current club, but they are testing the waters with the player’s representatives.

Fiorentina are trying to extend Vlahovic’s contract until 2025, because it currently runs out in 2023. In the meantime, though, they will be bracing themselves for offers from a potential post-Kane Tottenham.

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