Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton is hoping the club can retain the services of Harry Kane and Dele Alli in the long-term even if the club has to turn down world-record bids for the duo.
Kane and Alli have been vital members of Mauricio Pochettino's squad since their arrival in the first-team and their performances in recent seasons have attracted interest from top clubs across Europe. The former came through the ranks at the north London club, while the latter was snapped up as a teenager from MK Dons.
The 24-year-old striker has won the Premier League Golden Boot back-to-back in the last two campaigns. Manchester United have been his biggest admirers, while Real Madrid have also shown interest recently. Kane is contracted to the club until 2022 and it is unlikely that he will be sold anytime in the near future.
Alli, on the other hand, has mainly attracted interest from clubs outside England with Barcelona his main suitors. The creative midfielder scored 22 goals and assisted 13 in 50 appearances in all competitions last season and is rated as the best in his position in England. He also is contracted to the north London club until 2022 and remains a key part of their future.
Despite their long contracts interested clubs will not hold back and Anderton believes that clubs will make big offers to lure them away. The former Spurs midfielder cited Kyle Walker's example after the defender, who was highly rated at the club moved to rivals Manchester City for a fee of around £50m ($66m).
Kane and Alli will also command hefty prices and it is likely to be closer to Neymar's world-record £198m fee that took him from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. Anderton is hoping that his former club can turn down all offers and keep the duo in the long-term.
"The most important thing is to keep players. Apart from Kyle Walker, that's exactly what Spurs did and the way it's got to stay," Anderton told betsafe.com.
"There's going to be offers sniffing around for Harry Kane or Delli Alli, for ridiculous money - probably world record transfers, they're that good. It's difficult to turn down that sort of money I'm sure, but fingers crossed they do," he added.
Anderton was speaking ahead of the north London derby on Saturday (18 November) and has backed his former team to get a positive result at the Emirates Stadium. Spurs will go into the game as the favourites owing to their current form which has seen them win four of their last five games.
Moreover, the former Spurs midfielder believes Pochettino's side will benefit from Kane, Alli, Harry Winks and Hugo Lloris skipping the international break. The quartet was sidelined with minor injuries but look likely to return for the lunchtime kickoff against Arsenal on Saturday.
"I think Spurs will win, I think the way they're playing at the moment and the fact that a few of their key players have had a little break the last couple of weeks, they'll be firing on all cylinders," Anderton said. "I think it will be an entertaining game, and the way that Spurs are playing at the moment will be too much for Arsenal."
Watch the betsafe.com interview with Darren Anderton, including how it will be difficult for Spurs to turn down big money offers for Kane and Alli.