Man Utd: Solskjaer previews Manchester derby
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Manchester United are unwilling to meet Tottenham’s huge £150million asking price for Harry Kane, according to reports. The England international has long been admired at Old Trafford. But, while that’s the case, a move in the summer transfer window doesn’t appear to be on the cards.
Manchester United go into Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City sitting third in the table.
But while Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have both been consistent this term, the same can’t be said for Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
With the pair currently misfiring, Solskjaer is keen to sign a new striker at the end of the campaign.
Links to Erling Haaland have arisen, with the Borussia Dortmund star scoring 29 goals across all competitions this summer.
Raul Jimenez continues to be linked, despite the Wolves star missing most of the campaign through injury.
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And Kane is another player who United have long been associated with. Interest in him dates back to Louis van Gaal’s spell at the Old Trafford helm.
The Daily Mail say Tottenham have set a huge £150m price tag for their prized asset, with Daniel Levy determined to keep the England international at the club.
But it’s claimed United are wary of paying that amount.
While they’re keen on Kane, they’re not prepared to spend huge sums of cash on new signings while the coronavirus crisis is still ongoing.
And it seems that, for now, the Red Devils won’t be going in for Kane at the end of the campaign.
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The problem for Tottenham, however, is that the 27-year-old is hardly short on suitors – with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain also interested.
City are hunting a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, who is widely expected to leave the Etihad Stadium for a new challenge elsewhere.
And Kane would be the ideal signing given his Premier League experience.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, could swoop for Kane if Kylian Mbappe leaves the Parc des Princes amid links to Real Madrid and Liverpool.
And whether Tottenham are successful in keeping their talisman in the capital for another year at least remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool and Fulham star Danny Murphy recently expressed a belief Kane should leave Tottenham to win more trophies.
And he used Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as an example, saying: “It’s a huge summer for Harry Kane.
“If he doesn’t leave Tottenham now, he never will. He’ll finish as the club’s record goalscorer and have a statue built outside the stadium if he stays but at the expense of winning the trophies his talent deserves.
“I’m sure he’s thinking about it every day because time isn’t on his side. Right now, he is among the best three strikers in the world and would improve any team.
“But he turns 28 this summer, with younger models Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe becoming increasingly attractive to the elite clubs every year.
“Kane clearly loves Spurs and wanted to give Jose Mourinho every chance this season.
“But they are miles off challenging for a Premier League title or Champions League so now it’s decision time.
“Does he want to be like Thierry Henry, who left Arsenal for Barcelona and won the Champions League?
“Or Jamie Vardy, who stayed at Leicester when he was coveted by other clubs and could have won more silverware but will be remembered as the Foxes’ greatest player?
“One thing looks clear. From this summer onwards, future offers will be harder to come by. So I do think he should twist rather than stick.”
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