Harry Kane would prefer to join Real Madrid were he to leave Tottenham this summer – but one pundit believes Manchester United may have an ace up their sleeves and could still persuade the England striker to move to Old Trafford.
Kane’s future at Tottenham has been a topic of hot debate ever since the striker admitted on an Instagram live chat that he wasn’t going to stay the club “for the sake of it.”
That has inevitably led to speculation that United were planning a blockbusting raid for the striker in the summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward’s position on a potential deal made clear by this report.
Since then, reports have suggested a disappointed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was ready to sanction his sale to United if they were to match the world record fee of £200million – a theory that has since been denied.
However, links with United have refused to go away, with Dimitar Berbatov – a man who made the same move from Tottenham to Old Trafford back in 2008 – stating he believed the transfer would go ahead.
Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore, however, reckons Kane would prefer to follow the path trodden by Gareth Bale and Luka Modric before him and says a transfer to Real Madrid would be the England captain’s preference were he to leave Tottenham in the summer.
But Collymore believes United can still convince Kane that his future lies at Old Trafford – and reckons the signing of another man first, in England teammate Jadon Sancho, can convince the Spurs talisman to also head north.
Sancho has already reportedly given the green light on a move to Old Trafford, while this week dropped the biggest tease yet that a €130m (£116.2m) transfer would be done.
Collymore explained his thinking, telling the Daily Mirror: “I can honestly see Kane going to Real ahead of United in the same way we saw Gareth Bale move to the Bernabeu seven years ago.
“The only hope Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really has of selling Old Trafford as a primary destination for Kane, is if he tells him: ”We’re not just going to bring you in, Harry, we’re going to bring in Jadon Sancho as well to supply you and maybe a couple of other players on top of him”.
“If Sancho didn’t materialise then I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Kane taking the No.9 shirt from Karim Benzema at Real Madrid, with the Frenchman then heading to the Premier League.
“Some people will ask if United would be a step up from Spurs and they are right to do so.
“If we’d been having this conversation 12 to 18 months ago, I’d be saying he should hedge his bets and stay at Spurs.
“But Spurs look as if they are reverting back to being a Europa League-level club rather than Champions League, and if Kane goes then that’s only going to be exacerbated.
“If I were Kane I’d be looking at the situation and saying, “At Spurs, who have I got to provide me? Tanguy Ndombele, who may be on his way? Christian Eriksen has gone. At United, I could have Sancho, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James alongside me and all of those guys can help me get to 30 goals a season”.
“They have pace, power and youth to provide him with all the back-up he needs. And while I’d still say Solskjaer needs a Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira-type as his No 1 priority, those selling points will put them in a very good position to tempt Kane.”
Collymore, however, has little doubt that Kane would prove a tremendous signing for United were they to pull it off.
“Would Harry Kane be a good fit for Manchester United? Yes, 100%,” he added. “He’s an out-and-out goalscorer who can score two-yard tap-ins or 30-yard thunderbolts.
“He can play with his back to goal, bringing others into the game and creating opportunities for them.
“So it’s a no-brainer for United to try to sign him.”
Gary Neville on Harry Kane to United
The possibility of United signing Kane has also got Gary Neville into something of an excited state, with the Sky Sports pundit explaining why the England No 9 would be his ‘dream’ signing for the Red Devils.
He told Sky Sports: “Any club in the Premier League would want Harry Kane. There are some signings that are like gold. Barring the ridiculous you just know they would work.
“Kane is unbreakable in terms of his mentality. He will always score goals, he will always work hard in training. He’s completely reliable.
“For Manchester United it would be a perfect signing. They had Bruno Fernandes come in and he’s done really well, Harry Maguire at the back. If they can get someone like Kane up front, you’re looking at a fantastic spine.’
On Kane’s suggestion that he could leave Tottenham, Neville added: “I did work with him for England and he’s a clever lad.
“He’s not somebody I think would get caught out if he didn’t mean to say something.]
“The little door he left open in that Instagram piece with Jamie [Redknapp] had something in it.
“What I would also say is I don’t think Harry Kane will have been that impressed with what his club did a couple of weeks ago [furloughing staff].
“I think he’s a good lad Harry Kane, a solid lad. He was probably poking them back a little, I don’t know because I’ve not spoken to him.
“But I think he said that as a warning, I’m watching you because that’s not something we do.”