Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris are big-money assets.
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry fears Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium move plus the lack of Champions League football could cause the club to cash in on a couple of their prized assets, The Sun reports.
Spurs are intent on constructing their new 60,000-seater stadium within three years and could be forced to ground share as early as next season, with MK Dons a suggestion as per a report in the Mirror.
The building of a wold class venue certainly won’t come cheap, and on-field cutbacks could occur as rivals Arsenal oversaw during their construction of their current home the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners, however, had Champions League football to help them finance their stadium while keeping them competitive on the domestic scene and in Europe.
Writing in is column for The Sun, Henry fears the lack of Champions League football could hurt Spurs in the short-term and prompt the sales of prized assets such as Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.
“If your best players don’t think the club can finish in the top four of the Premier League, sooner or later they will ask to leave,” Henry said.
“That is the dilemma facing Tottenham and I can’t see any immediate solution to their problem.”
“They have done well to keep hold of Hugo Lloris, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane for this long. But you feel it is only a matter of time before they eventually have to sell those stars.”
“When Arsenal were up against it financially during their move to the Emirates, they managed to pay the bills by qualifying for the Champions League every year.”
“Tottenham are not going to have that financial security net so you fear they could be forced to cash in on the likes of Kane and Lloris just to make ends meet.”
While Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris aren’t quite at that elite level just yet, Spurs know all about losing their star players with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric leaving for Real Madrid in years gone by.
Without Champions League football, it’s inevitable the top players will look elsewhere and the worst case scenario for Spurs would be losing players to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
The new financial packages the Premier League has secured will assure Spurs have the means to attract top players, yet it’s only too long before such players begin to desire titles over financial gains.