Manchester United have been told they can now sign Harry Kane in a blockbusting transfer, while details have emerged of a failed Liverpool move for a Norwegian star, according to Easter Sunday’s paper gossip.
HARRY KANE TRANSFER TO MAN UTD IS ON
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will sanction the departure of Harry Kane to Manchester United this summer, according to a report.
The Mail on Sunday believes the sale of the England talisman will happen when the transfer window opens, though there’s a catch: United have been told they must pay a world-record equalling fee of £200m to sign the striker.
Kane has endured a difficult season, having been sidelined since New Years’ Day with a torn hamstring tendon and seen Mauricio Pochettino, whom he had a strong working relationship with, replaced at the helm by Jose Mourinho.
But it is the potential failure to qualify for the Champions League that could prove the decisive trigger for an exit and the striker spoke about his future on an Instagram live chat and the overriding message was a mixed one.
The striker admitted to being ambitious and said: “I’m not someone to just stay there for the sake of it.”
And it’s partially for those reasons, together with the club’s financial worries right now relating to the break in football, that will see Spurs grant United permission to open talks over the transfer.
A report last month claimed the 26-year-old had two very strong reasons for wanting to move north to Old Trafford, while there is no doubting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the market to strengthen his attack after Euro Paper Talk outlined three striker targets the Norwegian had in mind.
Dimitar Berbatov, who himself made the move from Tottenham to Old Trafford in 2008, knows exactly the dilemma Kane faces.
The Betfair ambassador said earlier this week: “I’ve seen some comments from Harry Kane, saying he loves Spurs but if they aren’t going to be producing trophies then maybe it is time to leave. He knows all that, of course he’s thinking about it, now even more than before.
“I think once it returns, maybe football will change in the amount of money that is spent, in the way players are bought and sold. If you are Kane in this situation and Daniel Levy is your chairman, he isn’t going to sell you cheap, he is going to ask for what is fair, which in the case of Kane is a lot of money.
“I see a lot of similarities in the situation I went through and what is happening with Kane at the minute. There is a strong connection between Spurs and Manchester United, Teddy Sherringham was at Tottenham then went to Old Trafford, I was a Spurs striker and went to United and now Kane, who’s also a striker, is being linked with a move there.
“I feel that it’s also a similar time in his career that I was at, you start to think if you’re on the right path and you think about winning things. If you are one of the lucky ones like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes or Gary Neville where you spend your whole life at one great club then you don’t have to ask yourselves those questions, you just want to work hard and prove yourself everyday.
“When I left Spurs, even though I had won a trophy with the club it was a still difficult decision to make. I was following my own path and I knew that people wouldn’t be happy, but I had to do it, I come from a small country and when one of the biggest clubs in the world came in for me, it was my dream.”
Kane has scored 181 goals during his time with Tottenham and is regarded as one of the finest strikers in the world. The 26-year-old is contracted to Tottenham until 2024 and Levy believes his valuation of the striker is realistic.
AND MORE GOSSIP
UEFA could finish off this season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions in one three-week block during August (Sunday Mirror)
The Premier League is set to use new rules next season after football’s law-making body made changes to the use of pitch-side monitors and an explanation of which part of the arm can be penalised as handball (Sunday Mirror)
Chelsea reportedly still hold an interest in signing Dries Mertens this summer but both Manchester United and Arsenal could now hamper their chances (Sunday Express)
The agent of James Rodriguez has reportedly held talks with Juventus and Manchester United as he seeks a summer move away from Real Madrid (Mail on Sunday)
Nemanja Matic’s upturn in form has left Manchester United with no choice but to offer the 31-year-old midfielder a new deal (Mail on Sunday)
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has received assurances that no other board members will resign, and several of those who quit on Friday have distanced themselves from the idea that there is high-level corruption at the club (Mail on Sunday)
Roberto Mancini believes winning the Premier League title with Manchester City is the greatest achievement of his managerial career (Mail on Sunday)
Arsenal have proposed to their players that they will not have to take a pay-cut for losses incurred by the club during the coronavirus crisis should they qualify for the Champions League – if and when the current Premier League season resumes (Sunday Telegraph)
England U21s are still waiting for confirmation of this year’s Toulon Tournament joining the list of events cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic (Sunday Telegraph)
Jose Mourinho wished Dele Alli a very personal happy birthday – after spotting his Spurs star across the road while out for a stroll (The Sun on Sunday)
Leicester City have put wage deferrals on the backburner in order to focus on helping the community and the NHS (Sunday Times)
Manchester United are leading the transfer race for Swansea ace Joe Rodon (The Sun on Sunday)
Newcastle want to sign Benfica’s midfield playmaker Rafa Silva – but the move is on hold (The Sun on Sunday)
Chelsea have opened Stamford Bridge to allow local players to train amid the coronavirus outbreak (The Sun on Sunday)
Josh Maja has put West Ham and Crystal Palace on alert for a return to English football (The Sun on Sunday)
Aaron Ramsey fears he will get fat during the coronavirus lockdown because he cannot stop eating biscuits (The Sun on Sunday)