Manchester United are weighing up moving for five other striker targets this summer, according to reports, with the club expecting Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to play hardball in a bid to prevent Harry Kane from leaving.
Spurs talisman Kane, who became his side’s all-time record goal scorer this season, is understood to be a prime target for United and Erik ten Hag ahead of the next campaign, although Levy has been notoriously difficult to negotiate with in the past.
As a result, United are actively pursuing alternatives with Ten Hag desperate for a clinical new forward, although their interest in Kane has not yet ended.
The Manchester Evening News claim that Napoli frontman Victor Osimhen is also on the star-studded shortlist, along with Atalanta youngster Rasmus Hojlund, Benfica ace Goncalo Ramos and Eintracht Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani.
Sources have indicated, however, that Ten Hag is ‘obsessed’ with Kane.
Manchester United are keen on Harry Kane this summer, although he may not leave Tottenham.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator and United are reluctant to ‘play games’
As a result, a list of five other options has been drawn up, including Napoli’s Victor Osimhen
England international Kane is set to enter the final year of his contract in north London and faces the tangible prospect of missing out on European football altogether, with Spurs at risk of finishing the season in a lowly eighth place.
To make matters worse, the next permanent manager at the club is yet to be decided, with Arne Slot opting to stay at Feyenoord despite being strongly courted.
Kane may be tempted, then, to move on, although extracting himself from the club he has represented across his entire senior career will not be easy.
The same outlet add that a source who has previously worked with Levy half-jokingly said United would have to ‘kill him’ in order to snap up the 29-year-old.
As reported by Mail Sport earlier this year, Kane was quickly identified as a key target for the rebuilding job at Old Trafford. United, however, have experienced Levy’s steadfast stance over transfers first hand and are reluctant to ‘play games’.
But Spurs may risk missing out on an eye-watering figure for Kane if they opt against selling him this summer, with the striker able to run down the rest of his deal.
Ten Hag has made no secret of his desire for more signings over the coming weeks, having insisted the club will need to splash the cash to win the biggest trophies.