Man Utd only club ‘very serious’ about signing Harry Kane as insiders back Tottenham exit
Harry Kane: Who could sign the Tottenham striker?
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Manchester United are currently the only club “very serious” about signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to reports.
United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been heavily linked with Kane, who is keen to leave Spurs at the end of this season.
Although he is under contract until 2024 and rated at £150million-plus, the England captain feels Spurs are obliged to let him leave this summer.
That is because he agreed to stay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium an extra 12 months last summer after Man City had shown interest in signing him.
Yet despite their desire to replace Barcelona-bound Sergio Aguero, Ian McGarry of Reach PLC’s Transfer Window Podcast claims only United are truly keen to land Spurs talisman Kane this time around.
The 27-year-old has 22 Premier League goals with only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah matching him and has also mustered the most assists of any player in England’s top flight this term with 13.
Daniel Levy is likely to make negotiations tricky with the Spurs chairman loathed to losing a player of Kane’s status, particularly to a direct rival.
Yet McGarry says insiders in the striker’s camp say Kane is absolutely resolute in his desire to depart the north London outfit this summer and that they believe he will leave.
He said: “People I’ve spoken to who are close to Harry Kane say that his determination to move this situation where he gets what he wants is definite and will not end with him being forced to stay for the length of his contract.
“Levy will have to accept his sale price from the bidder who Harry Kane himself wants to join. It will be intriguing to see how that works out.
“Manchester United are the only very serious players in this particular game of Kane poker.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer declared this week that although Edinson Cavani has signed a new one-year contract to remain at Old Trafford, he could still target a new No 9.
He explained: “We’re looking to strengthen the squad. Of course there’s many, many, many things that you have to consider when you put a squad together.
“I am not saying that if Edi stays that means someone else in a forward position won’t come in.
“No, of course I can’t [rule out signing a striker]. Yeah Edi signed, but how many good strikers have we had at this club?
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“I can’t say we’re not signing a striker, of course not, because we’re building and working towards a better squad.
“We’re top three two years on the bounce but we’re still nowhere near where we want to be.
“So hopefully we’ll end up with a stronger squad when we start next season and be more consistent and challenge the ones in front of us.”
The Athletic meanwhile say Kane has been on the radar of United’s recruitment team since January alongside Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
United’s staff are aware of Kane’s desire to win silverware having yet to win a major trophy in his career at club or international level.
The £200,000-a-week centre-forward is said to think a move this summer would benefit Spurs because they would get their highest possible fee for him, given he will be 28 turning 29 this time next year.
He told Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville on The Overlap this week: “There’s definitely a conversation to be had with the club.
“It’s a moment in my career where I have to kind of reflect and see where I’m at and have a good, honest conversation with the chairman.
“As players you don’t know what the chairman is thinking. He might want to sell me. He might be thinking, ‘If I could get £100m then why not?’ I’m not going to be worth that for the next two or three years.”
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