Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils are looking to sign a permanent replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who left Old Trafford in mid-season.
However, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s past comments about Kane should serve as a warning to United.
City desperately tried to secure Kane’s signature in 2021 but couldn’t get a deal over the line.
They ultimately failed to convince Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to sell their most prized asset.
United now face the difficult task of getting the better of Levy who has a reputation of being one of football’s toughest negotiators.
Guardiola’s words at the time should serve as a warning to United who are reportedly ready to part with £80 million for Kane’s signature.
He said (as per Manchester Evening News): “We are interested in him, but if Spurs don’t want to negotiate then there is nothing more to say.
“If they want to, we will try, that’s all. He’s a player for Tottenham and if they don’t want to negotiate then it’s finished.
“If they are open to negotiation, Manchester City and all the clubs in the world want to try to sign him. But it depends on Tottenham.”
The current situation is different
Levy has a reputation for being one of the toughest negotiators in football.
Manchester City were reportedly willing to spend £127m for Kane but he resisted their advances.
However, the situation is different now and Levy is not in a position of strength.
The 29-year-old has just over a year remaining on his current contract.
With Tottenham nowhere near competing for major trophies, Kane will probably be unwilling to extend his stay at the club.
Levy will either have to sell the England international or see him leave for nothing in 2024.
On that basis, the Spurs chairman may well accept the lucrative offer from United rather than allow Kane to leave as a free agent.
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