Manchester United are currently the only club “very serious” about signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to reports.
United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been heavily linked with Kane, who is keen to leave Spurs at the end of this season.
Although he is under contract until 2024 and rated at £150million-plus, the England captain feels Spurs are obliged to let him leave this summer.
That is because he agreed to stay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium an extra 12 months last summer after Man City had shown interest in signing him.
Yet despite their desire to replace Barcelona-bound Sergio Aguero, Ian McGarry of Reach PLC’s Transfer Window Podcast claims only United are truly keen to land Spurs talisman Kane this time around.
The 27-year-old has 22 Premier League goals with only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah matching him and has also mustered the most assists of any player in England’s top flight this term with 13.
Daniel Levy is likely to make negotiations tricky with the Spurs chairman loathed to losing a player of Kane’s status, particularly to a direct rival.
Yet McGarry says insiders in the striker’s camp say Kane is absolutely resolute in his desire to depart the north London outfit this summer and that they believe he will leave.
He said: “People I’ve spoken to who are close to Harry Kane say that his determination to move this situation where he gets what he wants is definite and will not end with him being forced to stay for the length of his contract.
“Levy will have to accept his sale price from the bidder who Harry Kane himself wants to join. It will be intriguing to see how that works out.
“Manchester United are the only very serious players in this particular game of Kane poker.”
Bruno Fernandes in contact with Nuno Mendes target amid Manchester United links.
According to transfer news from MEN, Bruno Fernandes has been talking to Nuno Mendes amid links to Manchester United. The pair were named in Portugal’s 26-man squad for the Euros and Fernandes face-timed Mendes to congratulate his junior.
The 18-year-old made his senior debut for Lisbon last season and has since emerged as a key player for the Portuguese giants. He played a key role in their Primeira League win this season, their first league title in 19 years.
A full international for Portugal, Mendes has made gigantic strides this season to come into contention for the summer’s European Championship. His hard work and talent paid off as he was named in the initial 26-man squad along with our Fernandes.
With both the Portuguese players sharing roots at Sporting CP, Fernandes decided to congratulate Mendes on his selection to the squad. Fernandes shared an image on social media that showed the pair on facetime.
Nonetheless, it’s hard to see United going after Mendes in the summer. He is expected to cost around £60m and United already have Shaw and Telles to compete for the position. Granted, Mendes is a talented youngster but it’s honestly hard to justify this deal.