Man Utd ‘wary of saga’ over Ten Hag striker ‘obsession’ amid takeover uncertainty

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Reported Man Utd target Harry Kane during a match Credit: Alamy
Reported Man Utd target Harry Kane during a match Credit: Alamy

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag is ‘obsessed’ with Tottenham striker Harry Kane and wants to make a bid ‘as quickly as possible’, according to a report.

Kane is out of contract at the end of next season and is attracting interest from Man Utd, Chelsea and Bayern Munich ahead of the summer transfer window.

He became Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer earlier this season but is yet to win a trophy in north London and is desperate to finally do so.

A move to Old Trafford would boost his chances of getting his paws on some silverware, though Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is unsurprisingly very reluctant to let his star player join a direct Premier League rival.

Levy would be willing to sell Kane to a foreign club for the right price. He is reportedly looking to receive between £80-100million, though a move to Man Utd would cost £100m in one up-front payment.

Despite Levy’s stubbornness, Man Utd are refusing the give up and are hoping for ‘smooth negotiations’ that will help facilitate Kane’s move to Manchester, as per The Guardian.

The report says Kane tops Ten Hag’s list of strikers, which also includes Napoli hitman Victor Osimhen and Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund.

Man Utd are hopeful the ‘significant pressure’ Levy is under will force him to resolve Kane’s future at the end of 2022/23, though the Red Devils ‘are aware it will not be easy to convince him to let Kane leave’.

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Kane leaving or renewing his Spurs contract in the summer seems pretty unlikely at this moment in time with Levy willing to risk the England captain running down his contract and departing the club for nothing in 2024.

Despite all of this, the Man Utd hierarchy are looking to test the Spurs chairman’s resolve as Ten Hag believes Kane can turn his side ‘into title contenders’.

The reason for the Red Devils hoping to get a deal done as soon as possible is to avoid a ‘saga’, which they are ‘wary’ of. They do not want to end up chasing the 29-year-old all summer while their alternative targets secure a move elsewhere.

Making their move early and paying ‘enough money to convince Levy to sell’ is the objective with Ten Hag ‘obsessed’ with Kane.

The aforementioned Osimhen is seen as a striker with a load of potential, but Napoli’s asking price is expected to be too steep for Man Utd, who are reluctant to spend over £100m on a new No. 9, especially the Nigerian, who could struggle to adjust to life in the Premier League, which is why Kane is more of a sure thing.

Hojlund, on the other hand, is cheaper but the Premier League club ‘acknowledge’ that he might not be ready for first-team football and believe they will have to sign another striker if they opt to bring in the 20-year-old Danish international.

The report adds that Ten Hag is looking to bolster his midfield, with Chelsea’s Mason Mount a top target and someone the club’s hierarchy think they have a ‘strong chance’ of landing.

Mount, like Kane, is out of contract next year and a Blues exit seems very likely at this stage. It is said, however, that incoming Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino ‘would like to keep’ the England midfielder.

Chelsea will ask for ‘at least £60m’ for Mount with Ten Hag looking for ‘more athleticism in midfield’ while he appreciates the 24-year-old’s ‘versatility and work rate’.

Man Utd are also interested in signing Mount’s club teammate Mateo Kovacic and West Ham captain Declan Rice, who is a top target for Arsenal, the report adds.

The Red Devils are being linked with a host of big names, but their ownership situation means nobody really knows how much money Ten Hag will have to spend in the summer.

The Glazer family are working on a sale with a takeover not expected to be completed until next month at the very earliest.

Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim and British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe are the two frontrunners, with the former hoping to complete a full takeover, while the latter would reportedly be happy to keep the Glazers at the club.

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