Harry Kane has been linked with a move to AC Milan, but Spurs fans needn’t worry.
Reports claim that Milan have made Kane a target, having been sold to a Chinese consortium. It looks as if the new owners want to get the club back to the top of European football, but it looks destined to be a slow journey, regardless of their financial power.
Milan were interested in the £75m-rated Romelu Lukaku this summer and Kane would surely cost even more. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Milan could stretch to such a fee for Kane and pay a higher salary than Tottenham can, but then so could a few clubs in China and no one expects the England striker to end up there.
Once the world’s finest players flocked to Serie A, which for many years was the richest league in the world. Now the very best go to Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, leaving the best of the rest to be spread across the Premier League’s leading clubs.
It’s six years since an Italian club won the Champions League and these days only Juventus can really compete in Europe. Juve are still searching for their first Champions League win since 1996, yet can console themselves with having won the last five Serie A titles. It’s not quite as an uncompetitive environment as Ligue 1 or the Scottish Premiership, but it’s not far off.
The change of ownership at Milan looks like it could help to make Serie A more competitive and more attractive league for TV viewers. More than ever, that is the real battle in football and it’s currently being won with ease by the Premier League.
Even when Serie A could boast of the best players from around the world, the football was typically Italian in style.
The Premier League has become the most watched in the world because it has remained typically English in style, despite most teams having few English players. It’s fair allocation of the billions earned between the member clubs, has made it the most competitive major league in Europe, adding to the appeal.
Serie A has huge clubs and the potential to get much bigger, but it will be difficult to knock the Premier League off it’s perch. The days of Italian teams buying England’s best players are gone, especially in the case of Kane – a player who has expressed his desire to see out his career at Spurs.