With the news coming out yesterday that Manchester United were lining up a big money offer of £170 million for Harry Kane next summer, it is safe to say it is safe to say that the Spurs striker is one of the hottest properties in world football.
Unsurprisingly, a number of elite clubs have been keeping tabs on Kane, who has just been nominated for the coveted Ballon d’Or competition: Real Madrid have already been linked with the England forward and United are desperate not to miss out on the man who many consider to be amongst the best out-and-out strikers in the world.
RealSport looks at the issues involved in Kane’s potential switch to United.
United are a bigger club
Whilst Spurs will do their best to resist any attempts to take away their star striker, the odds are certainly stacked against them.certainly stacked against them.
First and foremost, reaching an asking price that satisfies Daniel Levy should be of little concern to the Manchester club who have consistently spent big to obtain their targets. In addition, United will be able to improve significantly on Kane’s current £150,000 per week wage. be able to improve significantly on Kane’s current £150,000 per week wage.
Moreover, given Manchester United’s historical credentials coupled with their greater chance of getting closer to winning the big trophies, Harry Kane may find himself tempted to make the move up North. With money behind them, a global fan base and the improved form that they’re that they’re starting to show, Manchester United are starting to look like quite an attractive prospect for elite footballers.
What’s in it for United?
For United, the attraction that Harry Kane offers is obvious. Being well on his way towards surpassing Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League goal record, Kane offers the perfect complement to kind of football that Jose Mourinho likes to play. A physical striker with a prolific goal-scoring capacity, Harry Kane is perhaps the paradigmatic Mourinho player and Manchester United would snap at the chance to bring him to Old Trafford.
That said, Manchester United already have a player who fulfils these criteria in the form of Romelu Lukaku who has already scored 7 goals this season – one more than Harry Kane. Given the fact that Mourinho is unlikely to play with two strikers, a Kane move would leave the United manager with a problem to solve – how to rotate two world-class strikers in the same team.
It is also highly improbable that Harry Kane would move from a team where he is the first name on the team sheet into a team where he would be sharing his duties with another player.
To get hold of the country’s best player, though, would be quite a statement from United and show that they not only have the financial power but also the pulling power to attract more or less anyone they wanted.
A test for Tottenham
There is no doubt that Mauricio Pochettino has been building something special over the last few years at the club. All that remains for them now is to take that next step and win something.
Both the manager and Daniel Levy see Kane as the man to lead them to that next step, but also into a new era for the club as they move back into the redeveloped White Hart Lane next season.
Losing a player like Kyle Walker is something that they can deal with, but losing their star striker would perhaps be an entirely different matter. If Kane, a player who came through the ranks of the club and who is seen by the fans as one of their own, was to depart, then it would be a severe blow for Tottenham to take.
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