Manchester United accept defeat in £200m chase for Harry Kane

Manchester United accept defeat in £200m chase for Harry Kane with club unwilling to splash the cash on Tottenham striker due to financial chaos caused by coronavirus crisis

  • Manchester United are unwilling to spend £200m on Tottenham star Harry Kane 
  • The Old Trafford outfit were forced to redraw their transfer plans this summer 
  • The club are aware of the financial implications of the current coronavirus crisis 
  • United accept that the ramifications mean their pursuit of Kane is a non-starter 
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Manchester United are unwilling to spend £200million to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane due to concerns over the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

The Old Trafford outfit have been forced to rethink their transfer plans for this summer because of the uncertainty provided by the pandemic, with clubs reportedly believing that sky-high transfer fees will be off the table for a while.

And United chiefs accept that the change in strategy will leave them unable to meet the touted fee for the Spurs and England talisman.

Manchester United are unwilling to spend £200million for sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane

The Old Trafford outfit were forced to rethink their transfer plans due to the coronavirus crisis

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United had been interested in recruiting a proven goalscorer at the end of the season, and appeared to have been handed a boost in their sensational pursuit after Kane admitted he would not remain at Tottenham ‘for the sake of it’.

But the implications of the health emergency on the sport may mean that the world’s most coveted stars will be forced to remain at their current clubs.

Kane is under contract in north London until 2024 and any switch would shatter United’s record transfer – meaning that the signing has now been rendered a non-starter.

It is understood that Kane has been privately considering his future for a number of months and has set ambitions to win silverware.

Kane is understood to have been considering his future and wants to challenge for silverware 

The England captain has failed to lift a single trophy at Tottenham since emerging through the club’s youth ranks, and the signing of Kane would have reinforced United’s ambitions of once again challenging for the league title.

Kane’s recruitment would also have boosted the club commercially, considering the 26-year-old’s position as the national team skipper. 

But Tottenham’s demand for £200million may have proved a stumbling block for United in a standard transfer window, and there was confidence among figures at the club that no interested party would have been able to match their valuation.  

But United chiefs have accepted that the change in strategy means the pursuit of Kane is over

United’s rethink may come as a severe blow to Kane, with club legend Gary Neville believing that the ace’s recent comments deliberately ‘opened the door’ to a switch.

He told Sky Sports: ‘Maybe, it fits Man United’s historical transfers, trying to sign [Alan] Shearer, [Rio] Ferdinand, [Wayne] Rooney – the most famous British players in the Premier League.

‘So it does fit with that, in terms of Harry Kane – but I did work with him at England and he is a clever lad, he is not someone who would get caught out.

‘The little opening of the door he left with Jamie (on Instagram Live), was probably something that had something in it.’

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