TOTTENHAM are desperately trying to fight off Real Madrid's interest in signing Harry Kane this summer.
Real have made little secret of their admiration for Spurs star Kane who has emerged as one of the most prolific strikers in world football.
But until recently they have been prepared to put their interest on the back-burner while prioritising moves for Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.
Yet the club's disappointing performances in La Liga this season have left club bosses anxious to make changes to bridge the gap between themselves and Barcelona.
And the Sunday Times say Real are now preparing to come up with a world record £200million bid in an attempt to snatch Kane from Tottenham.
Real have not only seen Barca storm ahead in the title race, they have also been stung by the club splashing out £145m to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.
They know they have to come up with some big signings of their own or risk losing further ground, both at home and in the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo is approaching the final years of his brilliant career while Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have both struggled to convince in the past 12 months.
At 24, Kane would represent a sound investment for the future and is the kind of player Zinedine Zidane would be able to build his side around.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has made it clear in the past he has no intention of cashing in on the striker who scored 56 goals in all competitions in 2017.
And until recently he has been confident that no club would try to make a move for him because it would cost too much money.
But Real's situation has changed and now there is a genuine fear the reigning European champions are going to make a concerted effort to get their man at the end of this season.
Levy's problem is on two fronts – Spurs are unable to pay the kind of wages to players on offer elsewhere, and spiralling stadium costs mean there is not a huge budget to invest in strengthening the side.
With Mauricio Pochettino's side well off the pace in the title race and even facing a battle to secure a top four finish, it is clear new signings are needed.
And if they are unable to prove the club is serious about challenging for the top honours, it could lead to Kane looking elsewhere in the pursuit of silverware.
The cost of building the club's new stadium has almost doubled from £400m to £750m – making a huge dent in the money Spurs can use to sign new players.
And though Kane is the club's highest wage earner on £120,000, that is nowhere near the kind of money he could get if he was to move elsewhere.
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