Report: Man Utd ‘lead race’ for £150m man with 239 goals in 372 games

Manchester United have Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial who can lead the line, but Bild (h/t The Sun) say the Red Devils still want Harry Kane to be their frontman. Manchester City failed in their pursuit of the 28-year-old last summer and have reportedly given up trying to sign him, so United are now ‘leading the race’ for his signature.

Tottenham Hotspur have no intention of selling Kane, however, and told suitors last summer to pay £150m to lure him away from North London. The Lilywhites would like to tie Kane down to a new deal beyond 2024 but will leave that in the hands of the player. Kane desperately wanted out of Tottenham in the past but may be forced to stay due to his contract.

United still aren’t giving up on the England international, however, and could make a move at the end of the season. Bild say Cavani could be on his way out in the coming months because his deal is up at Old Trafford this summer. Bild say Ronaldo has an uncertain future too after a disappointing return season, so United could lose two of their three first-team strikers in the same transfer window.

But whether they’re willing to spend £150 on Kane remains to be seen. The Englishman will turn 29 in July and could request wages worth £400k-per-week/£20.8m-a-year, so he’ll be an expensive acquisition. That being said, Kane is no slouch. He’s scored 239 goals in 372 matches, so he’s finding the back of the net every 1.55 games.

Summary

Kane would be a brilliant acquisition for United, but his asking price, wages and advancing age might give the Red Devils pause for thought. Paying a club-record transfer fee for Kane would be a short-term move, so they might be better off signing a younger talent who can provide more years of service.