Tottenham: Ex-star Woodgate says trophies needed to keep Kane
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Tottenham chief Daniel Levy will only consider offers for Harry Kane starting at £125million, according to reports. Manchester United have supposedly been given ‘signals’ that the England international wants to join. But prising him away from Spurs will be easier said than done.
Tottenham have endured a problematic campaign, recently sacking Jose Mourinho after a dire season so far.
However, Kane has continued to sparkle despite their difficulties – scoring 21 goals and registering 13 assists in the Premier League alone.
With Spurs looking set to miss out on a place in next season’s Champions League, Kane has been tipped to depart.
And Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet claim Tottenham chief Levy wants at least £125m to negotiate the potential departure of his side’s talisman.
It’s said that Kane has given signals that he’s open to moving to Old Trafford, although they aren’t specified.
However, with his price tag so high, it’s unclear whether United will go after him with vigour at the end of the campaign.
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Levy is a staunch negotiator, often posing problems for opposition sides.
And United haven’t signed a player from Tottenham since Dimitar Berbatov in 2008, with Spurs angered by the Bulgaria international’s departure.
Levy had agreed to sell Berbatov to Manchester City, who tried to hijack a deal with Mark Hughes at the helm.
But United swooped in, forced Tottenham into accepting a lower fee and angered the north London giants hugely in the process.
In the time since, Tottenham have adamantly refused to sell their prized assets.
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Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to land Luka Modric back in the summer transfer window of 2012 – but Levy opted to sell him to Real Madrid instead.
Real Madrid also beat United to the signing of Gareth Bale the following year, despite their Premier League counterparts outbidding them.
Mourinho, while in charge of the Red Devils, eyed deals for Eric Dier and Toby Aldereweireld in 2017 and 2018.
But Tottenham, again, dug their heels in and prevented United from getting a deal over the line.
Kane recently hinted at unhappiness with Tottenham by acknowledging he wants to win the biggest and best trophies on offer.
“Individual awards are great, they are fantastic achievements,” he said.
“As much as this is great, I want to be winning the biggest prizes that there is to offer as a team and we are not quite doing that.
“When I look back at the end of my career, I will go over it and take in a little bit more.
“The goal right now as a player is to win team trophies.
“It is bittersweet. I would rather be winning team trophies and this award. It is what it is.
“For sure, if I finish my career as Premier League top goalscorer and, hopefully, England top goalscorer, that’d be incredible.
“But it wouldn’t feel as good if I didn’t have a lot of team trophies to go with that.
“If I didn’t have the Premier League or a European Championships to go with that.”
And Louis Saha thinks Kane would be perfect for United, saying: “When you have the quality of Harry you need the trophies to represent that.
“It’s a shame and I think the guy deserves pictures of him lifting trophies that will come to symbolize what he has achieved as a player. When you have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo playing for so many big teams, he will tell you that what’s he looking for is trophies.
“Winning leagues is what puts you in the frame to win the Ballon d’Or. Harry can love his club and be attached to it but ultimately he must want a team that can compete to win things. He’s the type of player who deserves that and needs a club that provides this platform.
“I believe that’s at Man United. He is 27 and has at least another five years on top form. He’s a guaranteed striker who can get you 30 goals and give plenty of assists to other players.
“I see this as a perfect fit because he’s the perfect player though maybe the money isn’t perfect. It would be a massive fee but if you want to win the Premier League you need players like Harry who is right up there.”
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