Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title if Manchester United signed Harry Kane this summer, according to Alan McInally.
United require a striker this summer to offset the goals lost from Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter Milan and they don’t come much more prolific than Kane.
The 26-year-old recently cast doubts over his future in North London after admitting he would consider leaving Tottenham if they failed to meet his ambitions.
As reported by the ESPN, Kane remains on United’s transfer shortlist despite Spurs’ insistence that they are not willing to sell their star man.
And the Daily Mail also report that chairman Daniel Levy would sanction a move to United for £200m, which would help fund the money owed in the new stadium and other transfer fees.
The valuation of £200m would blow the world record transfer fee out of the water, but Sky Sports pundit and former Celtic striker McInally believes it would be a bargain because of the impact he would have at Old Trafford.
“United might be getting him at a snip for £200m, he’s different class,” McInally told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Metro.
“Kane is such a good footballer. Not just his goals but his general play for the team. He doesn’t get enough credit for that.
“If he’s not scoring goals his performances are still right up there. Putting the ball in the back of the net is what he’s good at and that’s why he’s worth at least £200m.
“I think a couple of other clubs might be interested in him too.
McInally was then asked if Kane would turn Solskjaer’s side into title challengers.
“Absolutely. No question about it. I think if United get Kane and another midfielder they would bridge the gap to the top two that have sprinted away.
“I think Kane would bring a presence to the team that they don’t have. Marcus Rashford is absolutely fantastic but he’s been carrying a football team and he’s too young to do that. He hasn’t had any help and he’s still done fantastically well.
“But Harry Kane would bring a different dynamic to that team and would help Manchester United press the top two and challenge for the title.”
We agree with McInally that a player with Kane’s supreme finishing ability would take the club to the next level. Solskjaer wants a natural goalscoring number 9 to focus his Old Trafford rebuild around and Kane could be tempted by the challenge at one of the biggest clubs in world football.
But the possibility of this transfer actually happening is extremely remote. We cannot see a scenario where anywhere near £200m is spent on a player in the upcoming transfer window given the financial uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic.
United also have several missing pieces in the jigsaw that would enable them to challenge domestically. The club cannot afford to spend their whole budget on a striker; right-wing and midfield are also positions of priority this summer.