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TRIBAL TRENDS - TRANSFERS: Man Utd offer tempts Kane?; Barcelona, Real Madrid interest De Bruyne?; Why would Enrique join Chelsea?

The dust has finally settled on an extraordinary January transfer window. The stats prove how unbelievable the spending was. This year, Premier League clubs forked out £430m - almost double the previous record of £225m.

Last summer, Neymar smashed the transfer record fee by joining PSG from Barcelona. But in the world we live in today, where bloated fees are the norm, how long will Neymar hold that gong?

Names mentioned in this week's Tribal Trends - Transfers include the likes of Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne. So how much are they worth? And will clubs be able to afford them?

The answer to those questions is a) hundreds of millions and b) yes they will. But more importantly, to find out if they will buy them, read below.

Harry Kane - Tottenham

Clubs interested: Manchester United, Real Madrid

Marcahas claimed Harry Kane is willing to listen to offers from Manchester United this summer.

Rumours linking Kane with a move away from Tottenham Hotspur will continue to persist unless the club are able to bring in silverware.

The 24-year-old has shown his pedigree over the past 12 months. He nudged out both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be crowned 2017's top goal scorer.

Money isn't something that sways Kane. If it was, he would've joined United last summer when they offered to double his wages.

No, the Englishman wants glory, success and a legacy. He has the opportunity to do that with Spurs. They're no longer inferior to the Premier League big boys, or even Europe's big clubs as they proved on Tuesday against Juventus.

But to rubber stamp their place amongst England and Europe's top clubs, and to keep their best player, they need to start filling up the trophy cabinet.

Likelihood: Spurs need success - or Kane will go

Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City

Clubs interested: Barcelona, Real Madrid

I mean we could easily put every club in Europe in the clubs interested section when it comes to Kevin De Bruyne.

What a season from the Belgian so far. Amongst all the players apart of rip-roaring, goal-scoring, defence-tearing juggernaut that has been Manchester City this season, De Bruyne stands a head above his teammates.

So it makes sense then that the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid have contacted his agent. And they're probably the only two teams De Bruyne would consider joining.

Patrick de Koster has insisted his client only wants to stay in Manchester. But at 26 years of age, De Bruyne could have a couple of years at the top with City before finding a new challenge.

Let's say 28? 29? He would then be in his prime to join either of the biggest clubs in world football.

Likelihood:Let him with some trophies with City first

Luis Enrique

Clubs interested: Chelsea

The Daily Star has reported Luis Enrique has already agreed on a contract with Chelsea.

It is not entirely implausible that Chelsea have sounded out the former Barcelona manager to replace Antonio Conte.

The noise surrounding Conte's potential sacking quietened down after the Blues snapped their losing streak on Monday.

But despite Conte asking the club to deny the exit rumours, we've heard crickets from Abramovich and co. 10 managers - including Jose Mourinho twice - since the Russian bought the club spells doom for Conte.

There is no doubt Enrique is a superb manager. Two La Liga titles and the Champions League with Barcelona proves he has the pedigree.

Enrique plied his trade at the stable and structured environment that is the Nou Camp. So the real question is: would he want take the volatile and fickle role of Chelsea manager?

Likelihood: Why would he want it?

Christian Eriksen - Tottenham

Clubs interested: Liverpool

Liverpool have targeted a summer move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The Liverpool Echohave claimed Eriksen will be brought in as the replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

The Reds decided against immediately spending the £142m windfall they received from Coutinho's transfer to Barcelona last month. Names like Thomas Lemar and Keita Balde Diao have come up in the press.

But Eriksen? Why would he leave Spurs for Anfield?

Don't get me wrong. Liverpool is by far a bigger club than Spurs; the trophies, history, pedigree, all of it. But with the class he's shown over the past two seasons, Eriksen has the potential to play for the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Who do you think he would chose?

Likelihood: He's destined for bigger things

Arsene Wenger

Le 10 Sport have claimed Arsenal are lining up replacements for Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman's contract is not due to conclude until the end of next season.

But with the Gunners unlikely to finish in the top-four, Stan Kroenke has reportedly - and surprisingly - given the thumbs up to part with the Premier League's current longest serving manager.


Those have been the cries from a fair chunk of the Arsenal supporters for a few years now. Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique are just a few of the names touted as replacements.

But if he wasn't going at the end of last season, he sure won't be going this time around.

Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, the nightmare will go on beyond this season. Wenger confirmed as much on Thursday night after the Europa League win over Ostersunds.

Likelihood: It's an utter shame Gooners

Andrew Maclean
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