Manchester United report: Harry Kane in talks over stunning £100m deal
Manchester United have opened talks with Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur, over a summer transfer in the region of £100 million.
The Red Devils have been on an upward trajectory this season under manager Erik ten Hag, winning the Carabao Cup and correcting a number of flaws – but last weekend showed just how far they have still to go. United were hammered 7-0 by Liverpool at Anfield and With Ten Hag labelling the performance "unprofessional".
Tottenham, meanwhile, have apparently "named their price" for Kane, wanting a nine-figure sum for their all-time scorer, whose contract expires in 2024. Manchester United, it seems, are happy to oblige.
The Sun claims that the 20-time title winners have reached out to Kane via an intermediary and are beginning to lay the groundwork for a deal – which the 29-year-old is open to.
With Spurs out of the FA Cup and 1-0 down to AC Milan in the Champions League last-16 after the first leg, Kane will likely endure another trophyless season in north London. That could be compounded by missing out on top-four football – and since he turns 30 this summer, the Lilywhites' all-time scorer would probably be more inclined to call it a day at the club 268 times for.
Whether or not Kane would swap London for Manchester is another thing. The forward had the opportunity to link up with Pep Guardiola in 2021, only for Spurs to demand far more than Manchester City were ever likely to pay. Now that he's missed that boat and broken Tottenham's scoring record, Kane might not want to move to a rival and anger fans.
Bayern Munich are also said to be interested in the England captain – who currently sits on 53 goals for the Three Lions, joint-equal with Wayne Rooney. Equally, he is also open to penning a new deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham have a history of driving a hard bargain but United have shown under Ten Hag that they are prepared to pay top dollar for targets. Much of the move could depend on takeovers and investment of both clubs, which are rumbling on in the background.
Kane is valued at €90m by Transfermarkt.
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