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Manchester United will not engage in a transfer battle for Tottenham’s star forward Harry Kane if they are unable to sign him before the start of the upcoming season.
The 29-year-old has just over a year remaining on his current Spurs deal, and Erik ten Hag is eager to add a world-class striker to his United team.
Kane is believed to be United’s top transfer target, but the Red Devils will not be drawn into a transfer battle if Daniel Levy pursues the attacker aggressively.
Red Devils Weary of a ‘Prolonged Pursuit’ for Kane
United ‘will not risk a prolonged pursuit of Kane’ and hope to sign the England international before the 2023/24 Premier League season begins, according to ESPN.
United cannot start the season without a new striker, according to a source close to the club, and they do not want to wait until the end of the transfer market.
United have dealt with Levy in the past and do not wish to repeat their difficult negotiating experience for Kane, who has scored 20 Premier League goals this season, second most in the league after Erling Haaland (28).
Osimhen On the Cards at United
But, if Levy holds fast, United may seek other strikers, including Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, who has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Atalanta helped Napoli move 18 points ahead at the top of Serie A. The Nigerian superstar has scored 21 goals in 27 matches across all competitions this season.
If United attempt to recruit Osimhen, they could face stiff competition from many Premier League and European clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal, and Paris Saint-Germain.
Last week, PSG began preliminary discussions with Osimhen’s representatives over a prospective transfer, although it is believed that the forward prefers the Premier League.
Kane remains United’s top priority for the summer transfer window, as he is a proven goalscorer in English football and is currently in sensational form for Tottenham.
Bayern Munich have been linked with a bid for Harry Kane in recent months, and sought to sign the forward last summer after Robert Lewandowski left.
Similar to United, Bayern will not engage in a transfer competition for his signature, and Bayern board member Uli Hoeness has previously emphasized that the club will not engage in a “crazy” bidding war.
“I think the transfer is totally crazy,” Hoeness previously told German outlet Abendzeitung of a possible 100 million plus bid for Kane.
“He’s a great player, no question about it, but these are amounts that I would never pay as president.”
Kane will wait until the summer to decide his future; he might sign a new contract with Tottenham or transfer elsewhere, with Manchester United and Bayern Munich being the most likely destinations.
Man United currently sit in third place in the Premier League, just two points above Kane’s Spurs. If the side are to kick on next season and lay down a real challenge to the likes of Arsenal, Man City and possibly resurgent Liverpool, the Red Devils would do well to acquire Kane’s services.