Pundit predicts fierce Man Utd, Man City battle after Kane, Haaland opt for Manchester

Date published: Tuesday 27th April 2021 7:43 - Jonny Whitfield

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Danny Murphy believes that Manchester United and Manchester City will snap up transfers for Harry Kane and Erling Haaland this summer.

The two strikers head into this summer’s market as arguably the most coveted players in Europe. England captain Kane, who has 164 Premier League goals for Tottenham, is at a career crossroads. Haaland is seven years younger than his fellow forward, but the excitement over his future is just as palpable.

Indeed, the Borussia Dortmund marksman has bagged 37 goals in 38 games this term.

Both players will likely cost at least £100million, but several clubs have reportedly prepared to pay that fee.

City supposedly want a new striker to replace Sergio Aguero, despite boss Pep Guardiola insisting that his club cannot afford to spend.

United, meanwhile, could lose Edinson Cavani and have previously tried to sign Haaland. Kane has also featured on their radar, but they would struggle to prise him from a Premier League rival.

While the same is true for City, Murphy predicts that Kane will make a move across the English top flight either way this summer.

He told talkSPORT: “I think the desire from the two Manchester clubs will be to get to the next level, especially Man Utd.

“I think £100m [for Kane] from United or City is doable.

“I think Haaland will go to one of them and Kane will go to the other.”

Kane turns 28 in July, but has yet to win any major silverware as he approaches the peak of his career. As such, he will reportedly look to move if Spurs fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Murphy added: “Depending on the mentality of the footballer, if Harry Kane goes hard enough to [chairman] Daniel Levy, he’ll get his move.”

However Haaland, 20, is enjoying life as a young and still developing star. He has a release clause of around £68million next summer, but he could leave for a three-figure sum earlier than that.

Tottenham could win Kane transfer battle

According to Murphy’s fellow pundit Simon Jordan, though, Spurs could keep Kane due to the uncertainty over transfer fees amid the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would think Daniel would look towards £100m,” he said. “I don’t think the market will lend itself to £100m, I think the market would lend itself to £60m with add-ons, which will be of no interest.”

Harry Redknapp believes that Tottenham will keep Kane, who will be inspired by the club’s new manager.

The north London club have yet to permanently replace Jose Mourinho, but one coach has moved up their shortlist.

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