Massive reports circulating around England this morning claim that Manchester United are interested in Spurs striker Harry Kane.
Manchester United are definitely in the market for a new striker this summer after the club opted not to sign Radamel Falcao. It also looks as if Robin van Persie will follow the Colombian out of the door.
Harry Kane made a name for himself in the 2014/15 season after scoring a massive 31 goals for Spurs. He was also voted the PFA Young Player of the Year. The youngster also earned an England call-up for his displays, scoring 79 seconds into his international debut.
Kane’s rise to the top has been impressive, however even still he has his critics from both fans and pundits alike. The term ‘one season wonder’ is thrown around a lot in football, and this is a term used to describe Harry Kane by many. In fairness to Harry Kane, the Premier League is one of, if not the best league in the world. To score 20+ goals in the Premier League is some achievement at just 21-years-old. Clubs are often linked with up and coming youngsters who have scored a dozen or so goals in their respective leagues, and fans do nothing but rave about the player and demand their club does all they can to make the player theirs. Even though Kane has technically had just ‘one good season’, no one can take anything away from the fact he managed to find the net on 31 occasions in all competitions. The tally is much greater than that of any of United’s current players – and should he arrive at Old Trafford, I’m sure he would have no problem emulating his success at Spurs.
The big issue with the Kane transfer is the fee. He is reported to be valued at around £50m. United’s financial muscle is more than capable of acquiring the player at that fee, however it is unlikely United will be willing to pay more than £35m for the Englishman.
There’s also the issue with Spurs’ Daniel Levy, a proven stubborn negotiator. While he may be one of the best for Spurs, for other clubs he is a nightmare. Manchester United have first hand experience with Levy, the signings of Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov dragged out and The Red Devils were eventually forced to pay over the odds for the duo. Luke Modric and Gareth Bale are two examples of players United were hugely interested in, but Levy’s shrewd business skills meant Real Madrid won the race for both.
As far as United fans should be concerned, the interest in Harry Kane proves the club are most certainly in for a striker this summer. Whether that striker is in the form of Kane, Benzema, Lacazette or Cavani remains to be seen.