With Spurs in the last 16 and Inter in the Europa League, could Real Madrid forego Kane in favour of Mauro Icardi?
The 2018/19 Champions League group stages are now settled, and Tottenham Hotspur are in the last 16 following a dramatic turnaround.
With just one point from their first three Group B games, it looked as though Spurs would likely be starting 2019 in the Europa League or even devoid of European football.
However, Lucas Moura’s late goal in their decider against Barcelona ended up yielding a 1-1 draw and a second-placed finish ahead of group rivals Inter Milan, for whom the Europa League now awaits.
The repercussions of Tottenham’s success at the expense of the Nerazzurri could be more significant than just the possibility of competing for the famous trophy come the end of the season, however.
Harry Kane’s future has long been the subject of speculation, with Real Madrid reportedly having held an interest in the prolific Spurs and England striker.
Indeed, a report in Spanish outlet OK Diario claims that the La Liga giants see the 25-year-old Premier League icon as a potential replacement for Karim Benzema.
Inter captain Mauro Icardi was believed to be top of their shopping list, though comments earlier this month suggested that he would not be looking to leave the San Siro any time soon.
“I don’t think this is the right time, given the results, and I’m fine where I am,” the Argentina forward told the Corriere Dello Sport a fortnight ago.
However, Icardi also stated that one of his goals was to return Inter to the Champions League and to win silverware with the club.
Now that the Serie A giants are out of the competition and can cross that trophy off their list, could Real now reignite their interest in Icardi seeing as he’s looking more like a viable target, and in turn leave Kane alone?