Monday 21 August 2017 / 04:29 PM

ARE UNITED A CHANCE OF SNARING HARRY KANE?

Last week the word on the street was that Cristiano Ronaldo wanted out at Real Madrid.

He’s won the lot at the Bernabeu, and it was thought that he was extremely keen on a move back to Manchester United – the club that gave him his big break.

The papers have been awash with talk about what it would take to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but reports emerging in the last couple of days indicate that United’s interest has cooled significantly.

Why?

Jose Mourinho wants someone else.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemingly on his way out of Manchester, Rooney attempting to find a new club and Marcus Rashford too young and inexperienced to lead the line, it seems clear that United do need a new striker, and the reports suggest that Mourinho wants Tottenham striker Harry Kane to fill that void.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has already indicated that his club will only sell the players they want, and it sounds like that resolve is about to get tested.

In an article penned by John Richardson, The Daily Mirror have suggested that an offer of £100 million would be enough for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to consider to selling his most prized asset, and although it is an exorbitant and eyewatering figure, it is one that Manchester United can definitely afford.

So the question is: is this the right move for Manchester United, the right move for Kane and the right move for Spurs? Let’s consider each of them:

Manchester United

In short, yes it is the right move for the Red Devils. When you’re Manchester United, you pay a premium, that’s just the way it is. And the way that transfer market has gone in the last decade, the fact of the matter is that to land a player like Kane, you’re going to have to pay something in the region of £100 million.

If United are serious about getting one of the world’s best strikers in the world on their books, they’re going to be looking at a figure like that, no matter who they buy.

And what would be preferable? A player from another league who may not adapt to the Premier League, or the best striker in England for the last two seasons who knows the league, knows how it works and knows how to score?

Harry Kane

This is a difficult one to answer. Financially, Kane would earn far more at Manchester United, so on that level, the answer is yes. But the fact of the matter is that United finished sixth last season, and miles behind Kane’s current club, so it would certainly be a step backwards in some ways.

Ultimately it comes down to Kane’s confidence in Spurs’ future. If he feels that Tottenham are likely to stay in the upper echelons of the league over the next few years, and win it at least once, then staying would be sensible. If he doesn’t, then leaving would be sensible.

Tottenham

No. Last time Spurs sold a player for big money, they wasted nearly all of it, and they don’t need too many more big players for their current squad; certainly not so many that they’d need a big cash injection to be able to afford it.

So there you have it: the right thing for United, the wrong thing for Spurs and for Harry Kane? Oh, who knows.

One thing’s for sure, if this deal is a potential goer then it’ll rumble on and on and on. All summer. That’s how Daniel Levy rolls.

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Seb Greenwood

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