Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has denied yet making any contact with Tottenham Hotspur over a possible deal for superstar talisman Harry Kane, claiming he already knows the quoted price will be through the roof.
Kane has been heavily linked with Real in recent weeks and rumours earlier this month claimed that the reigning European champions were lining up a potential €168m summer approach.
The England international, winner of the Premier League Golden Boot in each of the last two seasons and a favourite to complete a hat-trick of awards in 2017/18, has been tipped to replace long serving front man Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu.
But Perez admitted to the Spanish media while attending FIFA's annual 'Best' award ceremony in London on Monday night that he hasn't even reached the stage of registering his apparent interest in Kane with Spurs because of the likely world record valuation.
"I did not ask the Tottenham chairman for the price of Harry Kane because I know he will tell me that he costs €250m," Perez revealed.
The Real chief has experience in dealing with notorious Spurs counterpart Daniel Levy when it comes to conducting high profile transfers. Gareth Bale left White Hart Lane for a world record €100m fee in the summer of 2013, while Luka Modric also made the same switch a year earlier.
Given his words, whether or not Perez chooses to actually enquire over Kane at some point in the coming months remains to be seen.
Real haven't made a big Galactico style purchase since the €80m capture of James Rodriguez from Monaco in the summer of 2014. After notable success on the pitch, the club's transfer policy has changed in recent seasons, with the focus more towards unearthing younger talents.
To that end, Los Blancos have snapped up the likes of Marco Asensio, Jesus Vallejo, Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos in the last few summers. Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has now emerged as a target instead of David de Gea, while the club are also thought to be keeping an eye on 21-year-old Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola.