Manchester United are reportedly hopeful that Jadon Sancho can be used as a makeweight in a deal for Harry Kane, with three teammates also to be shown the door.
United’s interest in Kane has been evident for a long time, and especially so over the last few months. Indeed, that owes both to the fact he’s a great player and their own situation up top.
Firstly, that Kane bagged 30 Premier League goals in an underperforming Tottenham side last season shows he could have a massive impact with better tools around him.
And for United, he could be the player that ties everything together. Currently, there are just two senior strikers at the club: Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
The former tends to be deployed on the wing, and the latter missed a good chunk of last season through injury.
As such, it’s little surprise the Red Devils are so keen on snaring Kane. However, it’s been suggested they’re unlikely to get into a bidding war with another side.
That Bayern Munich are in the mix could mean they believe that could happen. However, the Bundesliga giants have had their only bid as yet turned down, so the prospect of a war would depend on whether they want to go back in.
In any case, United might have a trick up their sleeve to ensure they don’t have to contend with other sides.
United hoping to use Sancho as Kane makeweight
Indeed, they’re ready to throw in a sweetener to Tottenham in the hopes that they’ll roll over and allow Kane to leave the club.
Reports of late have suggested the north London outfit may be interested in Sancho.
One report stated United were ready to take a loss on him. The Englishman was signed for £73million from Borussia Dortmund in 2021, and they’d apparently be willing to let him go for £45million.
If it was enough to convince Tottenham into selling Kane, United would not mind one bit that they made a loss on Sancho.
Sancho among four-man clearout
Sancho is far from the only asset that United want to get rid of this summer.
The report states Ten Hag is ‘intent on’ shipping out Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Fred alongside the winger. That’s after ‘definite decisions’ were made over who he wants to keep, and they didn’t make the cut.
Interest in each player from various Premier League clubs has been cited.
United will be in the market for a new striker, Kane or not. As such, they’ll want to get rid of some saleable assets to make room in the budget for a top player to come in.