Manchester United could finally sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane for free following a decision by the north London club.
The 29-year-old is entering the last 12 months of his contract.
However, Spurs have opened initial talks with Kane and are not even contemplating a sale, reports The Athletic.
The Red Devils want a proven striker next season, and will look to pull out all the stops to sign the England international.
However, while getting Kane in the summer could prove tricky, he would be available for free in 2024 if he refuses to extend his Tottenham contract.
The club are prepared to keep making attempts all through next season to convince Kane to stay.
It is a dangerous move, but it appears chairman Daniel Levy is resolved not to sell him to anyone.
Man United will not be the only club going after the Spurs star if he becomes a free agent.
However, he would likely prefer to remain in England, with Alan Shearer’s record firmly in his sights.
The Newcastle United legend bagged 260 Premier League goals during his playing days.
Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney is second on the list with 208 games, with Kane third, having notched 203 times.
A move to Man United would give him a chance to break that record and add to his tally of 286 club career goals, while he is already the all-time top goalscorer for the England national team.
Erik ten Hag’s side may need to wait until 2024 to get their man, but it could be worth it.
It is hard to see Kane signing a new Tottenham contract if he does not do so before next season starts.
He wants to win trophies and is set to end another season without silverware at north London.
Spurs last won one in 2008, but Kane did not sign a professional contract until two years later.
Man United have not been prolific in terms of winning silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson left.
However, the signs have been encouraging under Ten Hag, and last month’s Carabao Cup could be the start of something huge.
Kane and Man United will greatly benefit from each other if a deal can be struck, and it is finally starting to look feasible.
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