Tottenham will be delighted after finding out that the final club targeting Harry Kane have cooled their interest, just like Manchester United, with a player Ralf Rangnick wanted at Old Trafford being pursued instead.
Kane looked set to gain a transfer away from Tottenham this summer. The North London side failed to end their long wait for a trophy under Antonio Conte last term and also failed to qualify for any European competition, finishing in eighth place in the Premier League.
And with Kane preparing to enter the final 12 months of his contract, it looked like this might be the perfect time for him to achieve a move and join a club who are more likely to win silverware.
Man Utd were soon named as the frontrunners to sign the England striker. Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag decided on him as the ideal player to lead his forward line next season.
But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who put Manchester City off Kane in 2021 by demanding a whopping £150million, soon began to cause problems. Man Utd made initial contact with him to see if he would be open to selling his best player.
Levy told Man Utd they would have to pay £100m, despite Kane now being 29 years old and coming towards the end of his contract. Levy believes this to be a fair valuation due to Kane’s influence on Spurs, plus the fact they would be selling him to a direct English rival.
But Man Utd did not agree with this price and on Wednesday opted against moving for Kane. Atalanta star Rasmus Hojlund and Randal Kolo Muani of Eintracht Frankfurt are two players Ten Hag could go after instead.
Real Madrid have also been named as being in the mix for Kane. As per The Athletic, Carlo Ancelotti recently told Madrid chiefs he is interested in signing England’s all-time record goalscorer.
Real Madrid move on from Harry Kane
But as per Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard, Madrid have also dropped their interest in Kane. As such, he is now ‘expected to stay’ at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, it is unclear whether Kane will be extending his contract beyond 2024 or if he will play one last season at Spurs before departing on a free transfer next year.
German outlet Bild claim Madrid could go down a completely different route when landing a new striker to replace Karim Benzema. While Kane is a recognised world-class hitman, it is suggested that Los Blancos have put rising Dortmund attacker Karim Adeyemi on their wish list.
Adeyemi is a promising player, but at 21 years of age he still has plenty of learning to do. It seems Madrid could put their trust in him to learn on the job and pick up traits from some of the top-quality players already on their books.
A move to the Spanish capital would see Adeyemi reunite with Jude Bellingham, who has just swapped Dortmund for Madrid in a huge transfer. As per The Guardian, Bellingham’s move is worth an initial £86m, although the total cost could reach £113m depending on add-ons.
Interestingly, Man Utd were tipped to sign Adeyemi last summer. It was claimed that former interim boss Rangnick had told Man Utd to sign the German, having known him from their time together at Red Bull Salzburg.