Barcelona and Real Madrid interest in Harry Kane is inevitable says Alan Shearer

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Harry Kane

Harry Kane would not look out of place at either Real Madrid or Barcelona – but that does not mean the Tottenham striker will inevitably end up playing for one of them, according to former England captain Alan Shearer.

Kane broke the record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year when he netted a hat-trick in the 5-2 win over Southampton on Boxing Day.

The 24-year-old’s remarkable run had seen him pass Shearer’s previous Premier League mark of 36, while his tally of 56 goals in all competitions for both club and country make Kane the top scorer across Europe.

Shearer is in no doubt Kane “would score goals wherever he was,” but rejected suggestions it was only a matter of time before the England forward was lured away from Tottenham by one of Spain’s big two.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Shearer said: “I don’t think it’s inevitable (Kane will leave for Barcelona or Real Madrid).

“It’s inevitable they will come calling or come asking, because he’s that good a player and wouldn’t look out of place in either of those teams.”

Shearer moved to boyhood club Newcastle in 1996 for what was then a world record £15million fee, and passed up opportunities to join other leading clubs as he went on to become the Premier League all-time record scorer.

Kane came through Tottenham’s youth set-up and it is an association which Shearer believes will prove key to his future decisions.

“If Tottenham wins trophies, it’s his club. That’s a big advantage for Tottenham,” Shearer continued. “When I played for Newcastle for 10 years I had offers before and during, but I wanted to stay at my club.

“That could be a huge call if Tottenham in two or three years haven’t won a trophy and his form is still as good as it is – then he’ll have a big question to answer, because I’m sure the big boys will come calling.”

Shearer added: “He will do what he wants to do and what his family wants to do – he’s got to take that into consideration.”

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Liverpool have agreed a £75m fee with Southampton to sign Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window.

The enormous transfer fee dwarfs the previous highest for a defender, the £54m spent by Manchester City for Kyle Walker in the summer.

Van Dijk is now the seventh most expensive transfer of all-time, level with Romelu Lukaku when he moved from Everton to Manchester United in the summer.

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Van Dijk and other players Liverpool signed from Southampton

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Virgil van Dijk‘s £75million move from Southampton to Liverpool is the sixth transfer between the clubs in the last three and a half years.

Here Press Association Sport looks at the Reds’ raids on St Mary’s and how they have fared at Anfield.

Rickie Lambert (£4million, June 2014)

The big striker was bought as a back-up to provide a Plan B but he never suited then manager Brendan Rodgers’ system and while his story of returning to a club which released him as a youngster was heart-warming, only three goals in 36 matches (most as a substitute) underlined the mistake.

Sold to West Brom in 2015 for £3m, the striker has recently retired.

Rickie Lambert

Adam Lallana (£25m, July 2014)

The England international’s acrimonious departure from Saints did not help his settling-in process and an injury in pre-season delayed his debut – but under Jurgen Klopp he has shown the form that has made him one of the stand-out midfielders in the Premier League.

His current campaign has been blighted by injury, however.

Adam Lallana

Dejan Lovren (£20m, July 2014)

The centre-back was brought in to provide some much-needed leadership following the retirement of stalwart Jamie Carragher but the Croatia international initially struggled with the responsibility.

His form at the start was patchy, but, although a gaffe never seems far away, he has improved markedly.

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Nathaniel Clyne (£12.5m, July 2015)

Arrived as first-choice right-back and produced consistent, if not spectacular, performances in his maiden season which took him into the England squad for Euro 2016.

Backed that up last season but suffered a back injury in the summer and has yet to play this time around.

Nathaniel Clyne

Sadio Mane (£34m, June 2016)

The Senegal international proved to be money spent well as he enjoyed a fine start to life at Anfield, so much so that his departure to the African Cup of Nations was blamed for Liverpool’s January blip.

He ended the campaign with 13 Premier League goals in 27 appearances and has followed that up this season by becoming one of the feared ‘Fab Four’ – alongside Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

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