Man Utd suffer potential ‘major blow’ in bid to complete Harry Kane transfer
Manchester United’s reported bid to sign Tottenham star Harry Kane may be derailed by events in Europe.
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United are on the lookout for a new frontman this summer as they look to finally replace Cristiano Ronaldo. Wout Weghorst was signed in January to temporarily fill the gap, but the Red Devils need a long-term replacement and one of the highest level if they are going to return to Premier League title contention.
Tottenham frontman Kane is said to be the preferred option, given he is already acclimatised to Premier League football, and indeed given he could push for a move this summer.
Kane is keen to win trophies as he moves into the back nine of his career, and Tottenham don’t look like offering that any time soon, failing to qualify for Europe this season. That being said, it’s still going to cost any interested club somewhere in the region of £100million to convince Tottenham to sell their star man ahead of next season.
United may be willing to pull the trigger, but developments in the Spanish capital have thrown a spanner in the works. Real Madrid were not expecting to lose star striker Karim Benzema this summer despite the Frenchman’s contract expiring, but the club legend has decided to move on after well over a decade.
Reports in Spain, from Marca and others, suggest Kane is now the preferred option to replace Benzema for Los Blancos, and that will come as no surprise. Kane and Benzema are of a similar profile, able to hold up play, drop in and set moves in motion, as well as playing as out-and-out striker’s, providing the finishing touch.
Reports claim Real Madrid are willing to bid £100million to land Kane, but United may have a small advantage. Kane is said to want to break Alan Shearer’s Premier League all-time goal-scoring record, and he is only - realistically - two seasons away from breaking the record. The question will be whether that is enough to keep him in England, especially with Real Madrid offering Kane the chance to be a Galactico signing, offering the instant opportunity to compete for a league and Champions League title, something United can’t offer at this stage.