All you need to know about Harry Kane to Manchester United transfer links
It didn’t take long. Within hours of The Telegraph reporting that Harry Kane may consider his future at Tottenham this summer, links to Manchester United popped up.
Goal report Kane is eyeing a potential United transfer. Take it with a big pinch of salt. Here is a full overview of the situation and the many questions and strands to a potential – and possibly very unlikely – move.
Why does Kane reportedly want out? At this point Kane doesn’t necessarily want to quit Spurs. But he would reportedly consider it as he faces up to a potential season next year without Champions League football.
But it’s more than that. Tottenham are about to begin a rebuild, while Kane is 26. He has never won a trophy and the clock is ticking. Can he dare get to 30 with nothing to show for it other than individual honours?
What can United offer? In theory United’s rebuild is well underway while Tottenham’s has yet to begin.
United have the prestige and history which Tottenham do not, and Kane’s reputation would soar by adding his name to United’s long list of great strikers. There is a clear vacancy in United’s team for a centre-forward after Romelu Lukaku’s departure.
At present it remains unclear whether United will even be able to offer Champions League football next season. However there could be potential for Kane to develop his England partnership with Marcus Rashford, and even Jadon Sancho too.
Why might he want to stay at Spurs? Kane has plenty of reason to want to remain where he is.
He is a Tottenham supporter, is adored by the fans, and is on course to become their record goalscorer. He currently stands on 174, closing in on Jimmy Greaves’ 266.
He could surpass this and then go chasing a medal late into his 30s.
United are little closer to a league title than Tottenham, and Jose Mourinho will likely plead with the striker for at least one full season under his management.
Would Tottenham even sell to United? Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been extremely reluctant to do business with United since the Dimitar Berbatov saga back in 2008.
He even rejected a higher offer from United for Gareth Bale in 2013 and sold him out of division to Real Madrid.
Kane would never go on strike and sour his reputation at Spurs, leaving the decision in Levy’s hands.
What are the financial implications? Kane is under contract until 2024, signing a six-year deal in 2018 on wages up to £200,000 per week.
Spurs could demand around £100 million for the striker, who has 18 goals in his last 21 Champions League games.
The wildcard in this scenario is Tottenham’s stadium which they are still paying off. If there is a big gap in their budget due to missing out on Champions League football, selling players, like Kane, could be sold.
Why is Kane a risk? At the price it would cost to land Kane, he would be a gamble due to his injury record.
If he does not play again this season, as is possible, he will have played just 48 of the last possible 76 Premier League fixtures.
Kane has suffered four separate spells out due to ankle injuries in the past two seasons, and the issues appear to be getting worse not better. This season there was even debate as to whether the injuries have caused his performances to dip.
What has Solskjaer said? Earlier this season former United skipper Roy Keane urged the club to go and buy Kane, as if it were that simple.
Solskjaer was quizzed about the striker at his press conference back in October, and told The Mirror: “There aren’t many Lewandowskis and Harry Kanes – they’re like Shearer, Van Nistelrooy, fantastic players. Ours are different types of players but I like someone who can finish half a chance and Harry does that, but Harry is a Tottenham player.”
Clearly there is admiration there and the United boss would be in favour of a move if it could be done.
The Pochettino factor? In the background to all this is continuing speculation linking Mauricio Pochettino with the United job. The MEN reports he is keen on the job.
This has quietened a little during United’s good run this past month, but its still there in the background.
Kane starred under Pochettino at Tottenham and expressed sadness when he was sacked.
If Pochettino did end up back at United, there would be mutual desire for the pair to work together again. Is his desire to consider a United move because he knows something?
However you would imagine that this would be Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s nightmare scenario, and he would do all within his power to block a link up which could humiliate his team on a weekly basis.
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