Super agent Jorge Mendes is working on two Tottenham transfers they’d prefer to not have to make amid claims Man Utd could bid for Harry Kane this summer.
Kane was the subject of intense speculation regarding a move to Manchester City last summer. Pep Guardiola’s side hoped Kane would be their ideal successor to Sergio Aguero. However, despite lodging multiple bids north of £100m, Tottenham would not budge.
Kane began the season slow but has since returned to his best amid a series of world class displays.
The 28-year-old has seven goals and three assists in his last seven league outings. That included a goal at Old Trafford in Spurs’ only defeat in their last five matches.
Now, a report from the Athletic has claimed Kane could be pursued once again this summer, though this time from the red half of Manchester.
United chief Ed Woodward reportedly explored the idea of signing Kane last summer. However, the Red Devils did not want to enter into a bidding war with City.
But 12 months on, United’s uncertainty over their attacking positions could see a move ignited.
Mason Greenwood remains unavailable amid an ongoing police investigation. Edinson Cavani, meanwhile, is poised to leave as a free agent.
Marcus Rashford has endured his worst season to date in a United shirt, though a report recently revealed why United believe his slump will soon end.
Anthony Martial has never truly convinced at Old Trafford, while doubts persist over whether Cristiano Ronaldo will still be in Manchester next season. Retaining the Portuguese icon without Champions League football on offer will be difficult.
Harry Kane to Man Utd has off-field advantages
As such, the Athletic note Man Utd will be in the market for a top striker and Kane is their No1 target.
An arrival on that scale would also work wonders for the club off the field. It’s acknowledged Kane’s signing would ‘fit the bill commercially’, though their inability to line up their next permanent manager is ‘complicating matters’.
Erik Ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino are the current frontrunners to succeed Ralf Rangnick. Fabrizio Romano recently shed light on United’s managerial pursuit, claiming reports from the Dutch press regarding Ten Hag are “true”.
A Kane exit would leave a giant hole in Spurs’ frontline. The Athletic add super agent Jorge Mendes is already working towards two deals to offset a potential Kane departure, though that is not at the club’s behest.
Mendes is reportedly attempting to bring one – or both – of Tammy Abraham and Darwin Nunez to north London if Kane departs.
Both strikers have blown past the 20-goal mark this season (Abraham -23, Nunez – 26), and are courting significant transfer interest ahead of the summer already.