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Should Manchester United Go All Out For Harry Kane?

Liam Canning for Bookies.com

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Should Manchester United Go All Out For Harry Kane?

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After Tottenham's exit from the Champions League that leaves Spurs without a trophy for another season, the spotlight once again shines brightly on Harry Kane and the decision that will shape his future.

Kane, who turns 30 in the summer, has one year left on his current Spurs contract, and has come to the crossroads of his career. After his failed move to Manchester City in 2021, Kane remains a Spurs player, but he is yet to sign a further contract extension, which leaves question marks from fans over his immediate future. 

Manchester United have wholeheartedly improved this season in Erik ten Hag's first season in charge, albeit for a couple of away results in which they have been on the receiving end of heavy defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool. United fans are content with the direction in which the club is headed, but there is still a long way to go in order to convince soccer betting sites that the Old Trafford side can be legitimate title challengers. 

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Revolving Door Expected For Forwards

There is no doubt Manchester United’s number one priority will be to sign a centre forward in the summer. 

With Anthony Martial’s career at Old Trafford looking like it will come to an end, after being sidelined for the majority of this season through recurring injuries, the Red Devils dipped their toe into the January transfer window and signed Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley.

While Weghorst has carried out his role and responsibility under ten Hag for the team, which includes a high work rate and continuous pressure put on the opposition’s defence, he is not the star-studded striker that United fans want.

The Dutchman might be signed permanently at the end of the season to be part of a bigger squad. Supporters might be happy with that, but it is clear that they need a new number nine that has the ability to return them to past glories, like Robin van Persie did, when he wore the number 20 shirt to help United win their 20th Premier League title in 2013.

Time Is Right To Target Kane 

Victor Osimhen of Napoli and Benfica's Goncalo Ramos are two players that are certainly on the radar, but Kane is a striker that the Red Devils have admired for a number of seasons. 

With 12 months left on his current deal, it won't be easy to sign the England captain this summer. Tottenham's chairman Daniel Levy will make sure that they can receive the maximum amount of money for their striker, especially if he is to be sold to another Premier League club.

There is no doubt that the rumored £100 million transfer fee would be discounted to teams such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but with Manchester United lurking, Levy will do everything within his power to make it look like they are not strengthening a competitor for a cut price.

Manchester United know the importance of bringing in a world-class number nine and the impact it can have on a team’s trajectory. With the potential sale of the club to a number of suitors, it is more than likely that the Red Devils will be armed with a sizeable transfer kitty to go and attack the market within the coming months.

Ten Hag Wants To Build On First Trophy

Ten Hag has exceeded expectations in his short period of time at Old Trafford, having won the first trophy that was available to him. But he will be tasked with seriously competing for the Premier League title next year, along with the Champions League also. United are aiming to finish this season strongly as they look to win multiple trophies. 

Kane, who recently broke Jimmy Greaves' long-standing record for goals for a Tottenham player, would transform United’s attack. With his ability to drop into deeper positions and pick a pass as if he were a creative midfielder, or his innate awareness and timing of creating space in a crowded box, the England international is the complete package as a centre forward.

There is no guarantee a player can guarantee you goals, but Kane is close to that. Over the course of his career, he has scored 20 or more Premier League goals in six of the last nine seasons. With a fully functioning team around him that can utilize and prioritise his key attributes, Kane's goal tally will continue to rise.

Kane has a decision to make. Does he decide to end his career at the club he started, and break Alan Shearer’s Premier League goals record? Or do the latter anyway with a team seriously challenging for titles, and headed in the right direction under a new manager and soon-to-be new ownership? 

It will take a sizeable offer from Manchester United to prize the Englishman away from North London, but United might just look back on it, and think that was the catalyst to make the Red Devils serious contenders once again.

About the Author

Liam Canning for Bookies.com
Liam Canning

An NCTJ-qualified sports journalist, Liam Canning covers European football for Bookies.com.