Tottenham respond to Manchester United after discreet Harry Kane transfer chat
Tottenham have given Manchester United little encouragement when it comes to signing Harry Kane, reports say. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign a new forward having seen Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood blow hot and cold this term. But the England international, it seems, won’t be moving to Old Trafford.
Tottenham have endured a difficult season under Jose Mourinho, with the club currently sitting seventh in the Premier League table.
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium means they face a huge battle to finish in the top four, with Spurs six points adrift of Chelsea.
And with Tottenham struggling, talk of Kane leaving has started to gather momentum.
The England international is approaching the peak years of his career and, so far, is yet to lift a single trophy.
Manchester United have long admired Kane, with interest in the Three Lions star dating back to Louis van Gaal’s time in charge.
But the Manchester Evening News claim Tottenham have given them no chance of completing a deal for their talisman this summer.
It’s claimed Tottenham sources ‘have derided’ United’s chances of signing the 27-year-old.
And any deal for Kane would cost over £100million, money the Red Devils are reluctant to pay while the coronavirus crisis rumbles on.
United used to be able to raid Tottenham without consequence.
They signed Michael Carrick from the north London giants back in 2006, landing the England international after he’d produced some good performances at White Hart Lane.
But things have changed ever since the Dimitar Berbatov saga of 2008.
That summer, United regularly talked up Berbatov. And Tottenham, at one point, looked set to sell the Bulgaria international to fierce rivals Manchester City instead.
However, United intervened and, after picking up Berbatov at Manchester Airport, convinced Tottenham into accepting a lower fee for their prized striker.
That rankled with Daniel Levy who, in the years since, has refused to sell a single player to United.
He denied Luka Modric a move to Old Trafford in 2011, instead choosing to sell him to La Liga giants Real Madrid the following year.
It was a similar story with Gareth Bale, who quit north London for the Spanish capital as well.
And, in 2017, Tottenham flatly refused to let Eric Dier make the move to the Theatre of Dreams – prompting the Red Devils into going after Nemanja Matic instead.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness feels Kane should quit Spurs if they miss out on the Champions League this term, expressing a belief he’d walk into any side on the planet.
“If they fail to do so (reach top four) or if they fail to pick up silverware, ie beat Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final next month, then Kane should be having a word with his agent about new employment.
“Even if they beat City, he might still want to think about leaving.
“He turns 28 in the summer, and time is running out for Spurs to deliver collectively on what his individual efforts deserve. And those individual efforts have been world class.
“Unlike some in the punditry profession, great is not a term I confer lightly on footballers but Kane has the right to be called that.
“Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester City — he would walk into the starting line-up of any of those teams.
“The window of opportunity to do so while in his prime is not big.”