Harry Kane is on Manchester United’s shortlist this summer. That much is being reported by every media outlet in the UK this weekend.
While that doesn’t mean Erik ten Hag has made the England captain his priority target, it does at least tell us that the manager is looking to enter the market to address a long-term issue issue at the club.
Manchester United need to get away from the cycle of signing strikers coming to the end of their careers, like they’ve done in the past with Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo. We should be after someone who can come in and give us 3-4 years at the very top level.
Anyhow, Tottenham will be bracing themselves for a busy summer with Kane entering the final 12 months of his contract. They have seemingly welcomed bidders — from abroad — by setting a £85 million price tag but there could be ways around paying that fee.
The Express suggest Tottenham could look to take four players from United in a player-plus-cash deal for Kane.
Although Hugo Lloris was part of the France side that reached the World Cup final in December, the Tottenham goalkeeper has been really dodgy for his club. Henderson could be a good replacement and I don’t think he has a future at Old Trafford. At 24, this a keeper who can still improve his game and become a top No 1.
A lot of this will depend on whoever is in charge of Tottenham at the end of the season, and nobody can tell me in a confidence voice that Antonio Conte is certain to be there. Maguire will be available so why not?
The right-back resurgence may give Tottenham something to think about.
As a replacement for Kane or someone to bolster their attacking department?
It is worth remembering that any transfers in the summer will depend on what happens with the Manchester United takeover. If the Glazers remain, I wouldn’t bank on arrivals such as Kane. We would be lucky to get Wout Weghorst on a permanent deal if they were to stick around for another year.