​Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has claimed that Tottenham striker Harry Kane is among the best in the world, terming him as a player who is irreplaceable for the Premier League side.

Kane has established himself as one of the best strikers in the world and has scored 32 goals in all competitions this season. ​He and his side take on Chiellini's Juventus tonight in the Champions League.

Speaking before the highly anticipated tie, Chiellini lauded Kane and claimed that he is on the same level as some of the best in the world like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

As reported by ​Goal, Chiellini said, "Kane is now among the elite players in the world. Over the last years, with the goals he has scored, he has been on the level of the best. Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar – Kane has been on that level. He is one of those players that is irreplaceable and I am sure that Tottenham will be doing all they can to make sure he stays."

The Italy international also spoke about the rising transfer fees in world football and stated that the richest clubs in the world will have no problem paying exorbitant transfer fees for players they want.

Chiellini added, "It is now a game where you cannot even guess at valuations anymore. There are maybe four or five teams who will pay whatever they need to pay to get the player. They are huge sums, but that is the world we now live in — when one of those four or five teams want a player, then they usually get them."

The Old Lady take on Tottenham tonight in Turin for the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. The return leg is to be played at Wembley in three weeks' time.