Harry Kane is leaning towards staying with Tottenham Hotspur this summer and is likely to turn down Manchester United, a new report is suggesting.
Kane was at the centre of attention in the 2021 summer transfer window, when Manchester City tried to sign him. Ultimately, he remained with his current club – but the idea of him moving on later down the line has never faded.
This year, Manchester United may be more likely to move for the England captain. They are looking for a new number nine to succeed Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Naturally, Kane is someone they significantly admire. Recent reports have suggested he features high up their list of possible transfer targets for the summer.
He will put any thoughts about his future on hold until after the summer. That means he looks likely to start the 2022-23 season as a Tottenham player still.
Kane has his sights set on cementing his legendary status at Tottenham by chasing down their goalscoring record. He needs 23 more goals to match Jimmy Greaves in top spot; for a player of his calibre, he should be able to manage that within a season.
What happens after remains to be seen; his contract with Spurs only runs until 2024. But for now, it looks like Kane could commit to Tottenham.
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It will come as a blow to Man Utd, whose likely new manager Erik ten Hag had made Kane a top target.
Kane could have changed mind for Pochettino
Somewhat ironically, the Mirror claim Kane may have been more tempted to make the move if United had gone for ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino instead.
But it is now believed he is more likely to continue working under Antonio Conte in north London. The Italian has Tottenham on course for Champions League football next season, which would be another persuasive factor if Man Utd miss out.
As one of the elite centre-forwards of his time, Kane will want to be playing in Europe’s top-level competition again. Tottenham have been outside it for a couple of years, but now are getting back on track.
Having Kane with them for a potential return to the elite would be a huge boost.