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Manchester United would prefer to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland over Harry Kane, according to reports. The Red Devils could be forced into landing a new No 9 this summer amid uncertainty over Edinson Cavani’s future. And the club’s preference appears to be a younger forward, instead of an already established superstar.
Manchester United have long admired Kane.
After seeing the England international shine for Tottenham, Louis van Gaal attempted to bring the England international to Old Trafford.
And interest has remained in the years since the Dutchman’s exit, with Kane establishing himself as one of the best strikers on the planet over at Tottenham.
This summer, the 27-year-old may finally leave north London behind.
Tottenham are likely to miss out on Champions League football again, meaning a second successive season in the Europa League lies in wait.
And for Kane, a player with ambition to win the biggest trophies on offer, it’s looking increasingly tempting to leave the club behind.
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For United’s part, they could sign a new marksman this summer.
Cavani has been heavily linked with a move to Boca Juniors, while Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have scored just five Premier League goals combined this term.
And the Manchester Evening News say United’s preference is to sign Haaland, instead of Kane.
But, while that’s the case, it’s claimed the Red Devils may end up missing out on both of their preferred transfer targets for financial reasons.
Dortmund would demand a fee in the region of £100million to part ways with Haaland, who has scored 31 goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined.
Though he has a release clause of £66m, that doesn’t kick in until next year.
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And Tottenham would demand more than £150m for Kane, especially when it comes to selling their star asset to their fierce rivals.
What also complicates a potential move for Kane is United’s poor relationship with the club.
Spurs were furious when Sir Alex Ferguson poached Dimitar Berbatov back in 2008, forcing the north London side into accepting a lower fee for the Bulgaria international.
And, in the time since, Tottenham have flatly refused to let the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld move to Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, speaking over the weekend, Kane refused to commit his future to Tottenham.
Asked if he’d have to move to win trophies Kane said: “I think that’s a hard question to answer right now.
“It’s important that all my focus is on the two England games coming up now and the rest of the season with Spurs and then the Euros.
“To be thinking about speculation or rumours would be damaging in terms of my own performance.
“I always like to be focused on one goal and one job and that’s to finish strong with Spurs, win these qualifiers with England and hopefully go on and have a great Euros.
“Look, I try to stay out of that speculation as much as possible. I’m fully focused on doing the job on the pitch from now until the end of the summer and then we’ll see where we go from there.”
Former Tottenham star Jermain Defoe believes ‘it’s time to go’ for Kane.
“If you’d have asked me this question a few years ago, I’d have said he should have stayed there, what he’s done at the football club – he’s a legend,” he said.
“Since I’ve come away from that and gone to Rangers, I’ve seen that mentality and played for another big club, the importance of playing for that club and winning every game, that mentality, the standards and demands.
“You have to win and bring silverware, otherwise it’s not good enough. When you actually achieve that and the feeling you get from that, wow man. I wish I had that earlier on in my career.
“If Harry Kane wants that and wants to win trophies then it looks like he has to go.
“I don’t think it will be easy for him to leave and he might be looking at it and want to finish off being the highest goalscorer in the club’s history and see where that takes him.
“He can hopefully win a few trophies, but if he’s really craving medals then he really has to go.”
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