Spurs threat for Kane and Lloris nears
Pay gap could force stars to quit Tottenham
Tottenham will risk losing Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris if they refuse to improve the existing wage structure to accommodate their two biggest stars.
Kane wants pay parity with fellow England strikers Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge who earn in the region of £120,000 (Sh15.2m) a week but initial contract talks ended as soon as it became clear Spurs were not prepared to launch him into their top pay bracket.
Lloris, already the club’s topearner on £90,000 (Sh11.4m) a week, is stalling on a new deal, aware he can demand much more on the open market as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Chairman Daniel Levy must solve this crucial puzzle at the heart of the team’s development while under the financial pressures of completing a new £750million (Sh95.15bn) stadium. Levy’s policy towards contract extensions has always been underpinned by his shrewd technique of granting incremental pay rises to improving players while adding another year or two to the deal.
Tottenham have proudly announced new contracts since the end of last season for England internationals Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker.
Christian Eriksen, having stalled for a year following interest from Juventus which was flatly rejected by Levy last summer, has signed a new deal worth £70,000 (Sh8.8bn) a week.
While there is no great rush to tie them down Levy would like to extend the deals for Kane and Lloris.
One is the talismanic homegrown goal hero and the other the captain and thoughtful dressing room leader. Lloris has less than three years left on his current deal, Kane has three and a half. Yet neither player believes their status is being reflected in the sort of money Spurs are willing to discuss.
Kane was the top scorer in the Premier League last season with 25 goals and at 23 years old he is paid around £60,000 (Sh7.61m) a week.