Paper Talk: Tottenham demand Man Utd striker as counterweight for Kane

Date published: Tuesday 18th May 2021 8:21 - Samuel Bannister

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Tottenham have identified two players they would like in return for Harry Kane, while Liverpool are planning a move for an attacking midfielder linked with Manchester United – according to Tuesday’s transfer gossip.

SPURS PLAN KANE SWAPS

Tottenham could ask for Anthony Martial in return if they sell Harry Kane to Manchester United this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Kane’s future is the centre of attention again after Sky Sports carried fresh claims that the star striker has asked Tottenham to sell him this summer. He is keen to win trophies elsewhere.

The news has instantly put three Premier League clubs on alert. Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all interested in the England captain.

Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator and won’t want to sell his star man on the cheap. But according to the Mail, Spurs have been planning for his exit for weeks.

Having set an asking price of over £150m for Kane, they are now looking at replacements in case another club meets that value. They are particularly wary of both Manchester clubs.

To sweeten the deal, it is claimed they are looking at one player from each of those rivals who they could take in return.

If they sell Kane to United, they will reportedly look to sign Martial as a counterweight. Alternatively, if he goes to City, they will try to take Gabriel Jesus.

Replacing Kane will be a tough task, but it seems they are already firming up some plans.

Martial has struggled for starts at Old Trafford this season, making just 17 in the Premier League. He has only managed four goals, but netted double figures in each of the previous two campaigns.

Jesus has similarly not played as much as he would have hoped for. Even with Sergio Aguero falling out of the first-team picture, City have often used a formation with a false nine rather than turning to the Brazilian.

Hence, a new adventure elsewhere may provide either of them with a fresh start to get back on track. But it remains to be seen how much they would cost as part of the potential deals.


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LIVERPOOL WANT NEXT FERNANDES

Barcelona have also made an enquiry for Kane, but have learned that the striker wants to stay in England. (The Times)

Liverpool are looking into the potential signing of Sporting CP star Pedro Goncalves, dubbed the next Bruno Fernandes. (Daily Express)

RB Leipzig are considering a move for Ozan Kabak after Liverpool decided against signing him permanently. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi is close to completing a permanent move to Marseille. (Le10 Sport)

Rangers and Leeds are monitoring Colombian star Santiago Moreno. (Football Insider)

Crystal Palace are in talks with former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard over replacing Roy Hodgson. (Fabrizio Romano)

NEW SUITORS FOR CHELSEA FLOP

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Lazio are interested in Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. (The Sun)

Memphis Depay is likely to join Barcelona on a free transfer before Euro 2020. (L’Equipe)

Former Arsenal forward Gervinho is in line for a move to Trabzonspor from Parma. (Goal)

Patrick Van Aanholt will leave Crystal Palace as a free agent this summer. (The Athletic)

Chelsea are weighing up a move for non-league striker Seb Drozd, who plays for Uxbridge. (The Sun)

WOLVES HAVE JIMENEZ PLAN

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Wolves will not risk Raul Jimenez in the final few weeks of the season as he returns from a serious head injury. (Daily Telegraph)

There is a 99 per cent chance that Barcelona will sack Ronald Koeman after finishing outside the top two in La Liga for the first time since 2008. (The Sun)

There are no plans for England’s Euro 2020 squad to jump the queue for Covid-19 vaccinations despite UEFA telling countries to do so. (The Times)

Joachim Low will recall Thomas Muller for Germany’s Euro 2020 squad despite effectively calling time on his international career two years ago. (Daily Mirror)

Leicester players will earn bonuses of around £40,000 each thanks to their FA Cup win over Chelsea. (Daily Mail)

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