Harry Kane could be worth over £210 million in today’s transfer market. Here’s the argument.
Kane vs Ronaldo
Kane ended up taking home the golden boot from the World Cup. He is now entering the realms of once in a generation, game-changing players.
Once such player is undoubtedly Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo was sold for £80 million to Real Madrid in 2009. With inflation that puts the value of the transfer at £92 million at today’s rates, ironically close to the price recently played by Juventus for his services.
Firstly, this seems like a bargain for Real Madrid given what happened with transfer prices in the next decade. Secondly, the stats show the Kane can be considered for a World record transfernow, as Ronaldo was then. Ronaldo was 24 years old in 2009, the same age as Kane now.
He had just come off the back of scoring 18 goals in the Premier League for Manchester United, with 34 coming the previous season, at a conversion rate of 16.8%. Kane has just scored 30 goals in a record braking season, with a conversion rate of 14%.
Both players, at these stages in their careers, had also been consistently performing at that exceptional level. On stats alone, Kane must be considered in the same class as Ronaldo prior to his World record transfer to Real Madrid.
Kane vs Neymar
However, the rate of inflation in football transfers has massively outperformed inflation in everyday life. He would be worth far more than Ronaldo’s transfer value, of £92 million once corrected for inflation.
To update Kane’s value we must look at the current market. Neymar is the obvious comparison. A once in a lifetime, game-changing player, purchased just before the prime of his career. His transfer to PSG, worth £198 million, gives a far clearer indication of what a world class forward in their prime is worth today.
The argument for pushing Kane’s value higher is the level of competition there would be for Kane’s signature if he became available. Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG and possible Bayern Munich could all afford the transfer fee.
This coupled with Daniel Levy’s famous negotiating skills, as shown in the Bale transfer, would certainly push the price to new levels. Kane’s form is comparable to the top players, with Ronaldo as the example. In today’s market, with increased levels of competition and a great negotiation to lead the talks, he would surpass the transfer record and be the first player to pass the £200 million mark.