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According to new reports, Manchester United have inquired about a potential transfer for Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane.
The Red Devils bolstered their attack with the loan signing of Wout Weghorst during the January transfer window, but the Dutchman is considered as a short-term solution and is set to return to his original club, Burnley, at the conclusion of the season.
Man United will therefore enter the transfer market in the summer to acquire a new center forward.
Two years ago, the Red Devils were linked to several players, including Tottenham’s top striker, who was on the verge of leaving.
Spurs rejected offers from Manchester United and Manchester City in 2021, ensuring that Harry Kane remained at the North London club, where he recently became their all-time leading scorer.
With his goal against Manchester City last month, Kane eclipsed Jimmy Greaves’ record of 266 goals for Spurs.
Kane’s future at the club remains uncertain as he enters the final 18 months of his contract, despite having etched his name into the record books.
Spurs will want to avoid a situation in which he goes on a free transfer in June 2024, despite the fact that conversations are reportedly ongoing about a possible new contract.
United Contacted Kane Camp Earlier this Week
The Sun has reported that Manchester United have contacted Harry Kane’s camp regarding a possible summer transfer.
According to the article, the Red Devils were heartened by the response they received in their pursuit of the £100 million-priced striker.
Spurs are now in fourth place in the Premier League, but they are only three points ahead of Liverpool, who have a game in hand.
Potential Obstacles to Kane’s Manchester Move
While Manchester United may attempt to negotiate a cheaper price, Tottenham has suggested in the past that they would not transfer Kane to a Premier League competitor.
The 29-year-old is also of interest to Bayern Munich, who are seeking a successor for Robert Lewandowski, who left the perennial German champions last summer to join Barcelona.
Kane has scored 20 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions this season, and he will look to play a major role in Wednesday’s Champions League match against AC Milan as Tottenham look to overcome a 1-0 lead from the first leg of their last-16 tie.
Antonio Conte’s side have struggled in their most recent fixtures, losing their away tie to Milan and falling to a 1-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday.
Champions League Required for Progress
The side really require Champions League football to compete with their league rivals and they will be desperate to secure their current fourth place position ahead of the likes of Newcastle and Liverpool.
The side are unlikely to win the Champions League outright on current form so securing that top four spot is a necessity to keep finances coming in at the highest level.
Champions League football next year would also go a long way to keeping their manager Antonio Conte, who has often spoken of his frustrations at the club and sometimes hinted at leaving in press conferences following defeats.
The Italian will no doubt be looking to recruit several high level players to his Spurs squad in the summer if he stays, particularly to solidify his often generous defense.
European football would also encourage Kane to stay at the club and the striker may even meet the hopes of the club’s ownership by signing a new deal at Hotspur stadium.