Why Man Utd may still meet Tottenham’s huge £200m asking price for Harry Kane

Manchester United have always admired Harry Kane. And with the Tottenham striker reportedly open to a move to Old Trafford, the prospect of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward swooping to sign the England international will no doubt excite supporters. Spurs would want £200million for their captain but Express Sport will now take a look at why United could pay it.

British focus

Solskjaer has made British talent the focal point of his United rebuild so far, bringing the likes of Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire to Old Trafford.

The three players have all impressed, too, helping the Red Devils challenge Chelsea for a spot in next season’s Champions League.

Solskjaer wants his players to be able to communicate without any hitches or any potential language barrier getting in the way.

And Kane would tick the British box for United.

They’ve also always liked having the best English players in their squad, with the Red Devils making up the majority of the Three Lions’ stars in tournaments when Sir Alex Ferguson ruled the roost.

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Commercial benefits

Should United sign Kane, the commercial possibilities are endless.

Not only would they be able to make the 26-year-old their poster boy and standout name when it comes to securing deals.

They’d also make plenty of money from Kane’s name, too.

As England captain he’s extremely marketable and would be as good an asset off the pitch as on it.

United will need a marquee name should Paul Pogba leave as expected and the Tottenham striker would represent an upgrade on the France international.

It would also keep sponsors the club already have sweet enough to stick around.

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The attacking trident

United feel they’re going to win the race for Jadon Sancho, who has been in stunning form for Borussia Dortmund over in Germany this season.

And the prospect of him and Kane playing alongside Marcus Rashford is certainly mouthwatering.

In Kane, United would be signing a goalscorer more proven than Anthony Martial, who continues to divide opinion.

Certainly, it would give the Red Devils perhaps the most-formidable strike force on the entire planet.

And that’s another reason why United may choose to break the bank for Kane.

Because they can

Simply put, United have the financial power to sign anyone in the world. Coronavirus or no coronavirus.

Solskjaer admitted the club would look to ‘exploit’ other teams impacted by the pandemic, saying last week: “Football is going to get back to normality at one point, and it’s very important we’re ready when that happens.

“Then, the market, who knows how the market is going to react to this? Who knows which clubs need to sell players?

“There might be just a situation there where you can exploit.

“And I know that we at Man United we are one of the biggest, and the biggest, financially well-off.”

That was a warning. And the Norwegian, and United in general, are set to mean business this summer. 

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