Transfer News: Manchester United favourites to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane this summer
According to Bild (h/t The Sun), Manchester United are leading the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in the summer, despite much attention for the forward from neighbours Manchester City.
Kane is arguably Spurs’ best attacker in the squad, with the club overly reliant on the Englishman for his goals in games. Though the player has not been at his best this season, there is no doubting the quality that he brings to any side.
United are in desperate need of a goalscoring outlet, with the side struggling to find the back of the net this term as the club chase a Champions League qualification spot by the end of the season, just as Spurs are doing.
The Red Devils currently only have 35-year-old Edinson Cavani and 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo at their disposal for goals, and so a younger and more dynamic forward is required ahead of next season. Kane, as it happens, would be a useful addition in the frontline in that regard.
City shift focus from Kane
Although the spotlight is on United at the moment, it was actually Manchester City who were touted to be the most likely destination for the England skipper. The previous summer saw the Cityzens try hard to land the player, but were unsuccessful in the end.
Now, it seems though City have given up on Kane, as they shift their focus to Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland as an option to lead the line for them. The 21-year-old is on his way to being the next best thing in world football, and City are keen on signing the striker.
City seem to be going for a younger option in the summer, keeping in mind a long-term transfer strategy that they could stand to benefit from. United, meanwhile, need immediate results after not winning a trophy since 2017, which explains their interest in Kane.
The Englishman himself is an ambitious player, who would want to win trophies at club level. The striker has come close to winning trophies at Spurs before, reaching the finals of the League Cup and Champions League, but lost out on the occasion to add silverware to his cabinet.
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As things stand, Kane may well be in a better position to win trophies outside of north London, with both Manchester clubs not shy to flex their financial might and run deep in competitions to gain silverware. Tottenham, meanwhile, look like a team that needs much work and rebuilding to get to that level.
Manager Antonio Conte has been brought in to turn the team into world-beaters, with the highly accomplished Italian being one of the best in the business at winning trophies. Hopefully, Kane sees this as an attempt by Spurs to improve and take a step in the right direction, and he stays at the club beyond the summer.