As Edinson Cavani extended his Manchester United stay for another year, talk of a new forward this summer was seemingly ended.
But when a striker as good as Harry Kane is allegedly on the market, the Red Devils are always going to be thrown into the mix.
According to Sky Sports, Kane wants to move on this summer. And United have allegedly thrown their hat into the ring.
Cavani would not have signed a one-year extension if he was going to spend next season as a bit-part player. Even at 34, the Uruguayan has plenty to offer – as his sparkling recent form attests.
With a full pre-season under his belt, and with fans back at Old Trafford, Cavani could fire United to their first title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.
Kane is one of Europe’s best. And United would be better with him in their line-up. But this summer seems one too soon for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring the 27-year-old to Manchester.
Signing Cavani for another year was a statement. If United had intended to spend big on another forward, they would not have sanctioned the veteran’s stay.
Instead their money is likely to be spent in other areas. A right winger remains a priority, while a new centre-back and a holding midfielder would not go amiss.
Simply put, United do not currently need another forward so the Kane rumour is unlikely to come to anything; especially when he will cost well over £100million.
Cavani is enough for now
In time United need to think about their forward line. Whether they move for Kane, Erling Haaland or someone else, another striker will arrive at Old Trafford in due course.
But this summer will be all about other areas.
We can now expect Kane and United to be in the headlines for much of the summer. That is a distraction the club simply don’t need.
Haggling with Daniel Levy is a skill all of its own and United will want their squad settled.
United do have previous when it comes to pairing one big striker with another. But, when Romelu Lukaku was signed, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was out with a serious injury and the Swede managed just seven appearances in his final campaign.
In contrast, Cavani is fighting fit and firing. So, with Mason Greenwood improving all the time, and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial also in United’s ranks, Kane is unlikely to arrive…for now.
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