Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane ahead of a possible summer move, The Mirror reports.
The England international was heavily linked with arch-rivals Manchester City last summer, but Spurs were firm on their not-for-sale stance on their prized asset.
Kane made a slow start to the campaign amid the speculation, but has come into his own over the past few weeks. He currently has 21 goals and four assists from 39 games.
It is now reported that United are planning to renew their long-term interest in Kane, considering Manchester City are now prioritising a deal for Erling Braut Haaland.
Kane will enter the final two years of his contract. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could mull over his exit if he has no plans of putting pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal.
The striker could still cost in upwards of £100 million. A move for Kane could be hinting towards the arrival of former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as United’s next manager.
Kane has an undisputed scoring record at Tottenham. He was in fascinating form across all competitions last campaign with 33 goals and 17 assists from 49 appearances.
He has struggled to replicate the showing this term. Despite this, he has been hugely instrumental for Spurs, particularly after the appointment of manager Antonio Conte.
The 28-year-old appears back to his best after a tough first half to the season, but he could still push for a summer exit, having yet to win silverware in his career.
United haven’t won any either over the past four seasons, but he could be the perfect fit alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, potentially creating and converting more scoring chances.
However, there remains a risk with such a huge investment. Kane will be 29 before next season. He may need time to adapt with the change of clubs while there is an injury threat.
Kane could transform the club’s fortunes up front with his proven scoring record, but the hierarchy may end up spending the vast majority of the budget on a single player.
While a young striker is among priorities, a new defensive midfielder should be the main objective. The club may need to pay a premium fee for a Premier League-based star.
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