When Man Utd may press accelerator on Tottenham Harry Kane transfer deal
Manchester United may decide to go for Tottenham star Harry Kane when given enough encouragement, Sky Sports reporter James Cooper has claimed. The England international has long been admired by the Red Devils, with interest dating back to when Louis van Gaal ruled the Old Trafford roost. And with Kane refusing to rule out a Tottenham exit, United could go for him.
Cooper told Sky Sports: “I think if Manchester United were given any encouragement that they could sign Harry Kane then they’d certainly look very seriously at it.”
But it appears signing him will be far from straightforward.
Kane fuelled talk of a move away from White Hart Lane when speaking at the end of March, saying: “I’ll always love Spurs, but it’s one of them things,” he said on Instagram when asked if he’d stay at the club forever.
“I’ve always said, if I don’t feel like we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, I’m not someone to stay there just for the sake of it.
“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve and become better.
“I want to become a top, top player, so it all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team.
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“So, it’s not a definite ‘I’m going to stay there forever’, but it’s not a no either.”
But United can be forgiven for approaching the situation with an air of trepidation.
Tottenham are not an easy club to buy from – especially for the Red Devils.
Relations between the two Premier League giants have been strained ever since Dimitar Berbatov forced his way to Old Trafford back in the summer of 2008.
Then, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had agreed to sell the striker to Manchester City – who had met their asking price.
But Tottenham were forced into accepting a lower fee for the Bulgarian in the end and, in the years since, have flatly refused to do business.
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United hoped to sign Luka Modric from them in 2012 but the Croatia international was eventually sold to Real Madrid instead.
It was a similar story with Gareth Bale 12 months later, with the Wales international joining Modric in La Liga.
Jose Mourinho wanted United to land Eric Dier in the summer of 2017 but, with Tottenham refusing to sell, was forced to settle for Nemanja Matic instead.
And Mourinho was denied Toby Alderweireld when he chased the Belgium international a year later.
United, it seems, are waiting for Kane to make a big transfer gesture.
But Gary Neville thinks he’s already done exactly that by choosing to speak publicly about a possible Tottenham exit.
He told Sky Sports: “Maybe I think what I would say is it fits Manchester United’s historical transfers, going back to say Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, trying to sign Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand so the best and most famous English/British player in the Premier League.
“It does fit with that obviously what Macheter United did last summer with Harry Maguire, who was one of the best players available on the market.
“So in terms of Harry Kane, I did work with him with England and I do think he’s a clever lad, who wouldn’t get caught out if he didn’t want to say something.
“So I think the little opening of the door, that Instagram piece with Jamie, had something in it.
“And I don’t think Harry Kane would have been impressed with what happened to his club a couple of weeks ago.
“I think he’s a good lad Harry Kane, a solid lad, he wouldn’t have taken that very well.
“But I think he’d have been warning them, ‘I’ll be watching you’, because that’s not something we do.”
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