Superstar Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba doubtless picked up plenty of tricks from veteran maestro and former teammate Andrea Pirlo when the pair lined up in the same Old Lady side.
Tutelage from practitioners of this calibre has certainly helped in morphing the French tyro into a player who many people believe would cost a world record-breaking transfer fee to buy.
Based on the fact that Pogba’s contemporaries who’d cost more than £85m to procure – Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez etc – are locked into contracts with soccer’s biggest fish whom a move away from would be a step down, it can be argued the 23-year-old is the only man capable of besting the current high watermark at the moment.
It’s a fair assessment, but there is one player, if he were to sign for one of three teams, whose prospective sale will call for tipex to be taken to the record books.
Establishing exactly how much Harry Kane is worth to Tottenham Hotspur is a difficult task, but were Spurs to sell the England striker to a Premier League rival, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the sum to surpass £85m.
It is, of course, Spurs who pocketed the current world record transfer, received in 2013 when they sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Few would contest the notion that the Lilywhites were over-reliant on the Welshman during the latter years of his tenure and this one-man-team status played a massive part in his former club recouping the astronomical figure they did.
These days they’re a more well-rounded outfit, but their dependency on Kane amplifies the fact that his Premier League goal tally for the campaign is currently three times better than his closest White Hart Lane peer.
Having become the first Englishman since Alan Shearer to cross the 20-goal threshold in two consecutive campaigns, Spurs clearly can’t afford to lose his net-bulging ability to a domestic rival, but a few of them are sufficiently endowed in a fiscal sense to make the move happen.
One of these is Manchester United, who have been persistently linked with the 22-year old and will be in the market for a centre-forward in the summer.
Manchester City and Chelsea have the finances to lure Kane away too, though any interest they might harbour in the player is yet to be documented.
The prospect of the England international leaving is not entirely out of the question, but if he was to leave, it’s likely he’d command a record-smashing sum.