Manchester United’s ambitions of acquiring Harry Kane have been dealt a fatal blow as reports surfaced that he is willing to negotiate a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
Harry Kane had been rumored to be on his way to Manchester United in a spectacular transfer move, but it now seems unlikely that the England captain will be leaving anytime soon.
The 29-year-old England captain’s current contract with Spurs expires in 18 months, and previous reports suggested that United was eager to capitalize on his situation.
Due to the fact that Kane will have just one year left on his contract when the summer transfer market opens, the Red Devils have prepared a sizable offer in the hopes of securing his services.
Unfortunately for Erik ten Hag, the Athletic report that the Tottenham striker is now willing to meet with club executives and talk new terms because winning with his beloved Spurs remains his first objective.
If a deal can be agreed upon, Kane will continue his 19-year relationship with Tottenham and force United to drop the striker from their shortlist.
There is no doubt that Boss Ten Hag, who earlier this month signed Dutch striker Wout Weghorst on a half-season loan, is looking to bolster his attack in the summer.
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s contentious exit from Old Trafford in November, Anthony Martial is the only other known senior striker at the club.
Although it’s generally accepted that Ronaldo’s departure will benefit the Red Devils in the long run, a gap is now evident at the top of the pitch.
Martial has struggled to establish himself as the No. 9 player due to his inconsistent play and injury problems, and Weghorst, who is 33 years old, is not the solution Ten Hag is seeking.
Kane has been an enticing possibility for United given his undeniable goal-scoring prowess and Premier League experience, even if he will be 30 by the start of next season.
Now, though, it appears as though England’s soon-to-be all-time leading scorer will remain at Spurs, barring a blunder in the club’s renegotiations.
Due to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s high demands, Kane was unable to join Manchester City in the summer of 2021.
However, the previous season, under manager Antonio Conte, Kane had a fantastic campaign and helped his team qualify for the Champions League.
It’s been a different tale this season, with Conte’s future uncertain and Spurs still outside the top four despite Kane’s 15 league goals in 20 outings.
Conte had a meltdown last week when a reporter inquired about his striker because of Kane’s links to the Red Devils. “You can ask that when we schedule the press conference with the club hierarchy,” the Italian said.