Manchester United is fighting tooth and nail to secure a Champions League berth this term. They currently sit four points back of Arsenal for the final UCL spot with minimal time left in the campaign.
Given their lack of finishing, the Red Devils are looking to bring in another striker this summer to either pair with Cristiano Ronaldo or replace him altogether, if the 37-year-old departs. The name high on their wishlist? Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who almost completed a move to Man City last summer before ultimately staying in North London. With the Citizens likely to sign Erling Haaland in the coming months, United reportedly feels a need to bolster their attack as well.
Manchester United’s top-four chances appear slim given Arsenal’s form but there are theories in the industry that if Pep Guardiola takes Erling Haaland to the Etihad, as appears increasingly likely, then the club from the red half of Manchester will feel an added impulse to make their own major acquisition. Kane would fit the bill commercially.
United are yet to appoint a new manager, which is complicating talks with potential signings, but are aiming to wrap up the process before the end of the season to ease the path for recruitment. The club want Kane, regardless of who is charge next season, with Erik ten Hag, who was interviewed by United last Monday, and Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino the leading contenders. Pochettino has a bond with Kane from their time together at Spurs.
As noted, Manchester United has yet to appoint a new boss for next season. If Pochettino does end up being the full-time gaffer, it would do wonders for luring in Kane, who played under the Argentine at Spurs for many years. It’s no secret that Kane wants to compete for silverware, but the Red Devils’ aren’t exactly in that position at the moment.
Defensively, this side is extremely vulnerable, while also showing little solidity in the middle of the pitch. But, there’s no doubting what Harry Kane is capable of. If Manchester United were to buy him, the Englishman would cost north of $100 million.