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Why Manchester United might not be able to sign Harry Kane this summer and their two alternatives

The Red Devils may have to look elsewhere

Manchester United may be set to miss out on Tottenham striker Harry Kane once more this summer as the Englishman considers letting his contract run down and leave north London on a free transfer in 2024.

Without a manager or director of football as it stands, Tottenham are in a mess, and Gary Neville hinted that they may be forced to keep hold of their striker this summer to lure any top manager to the club.

Kane, who became the club’s record scorer earlier in the season tried to force his way out in 2021, only for Daniel Levy to refuse to negotiate with Manchester City.

He continues to find the net on a regular basis, with 24 games in 33 Premier League games this campaign, and scored the first goal as Tottenham tried to fight back against Liverpool, but trophies continue to elude him on both a club and international level.

But dealing with Daniel Levy is difficult, as Manchester City found when they tried to sign Kane two years ago, and there are concerns that he may drive too hard a bargain for Kane this summer too.

As per the Telegraph, the 29-year-old ‘is open to seeing out his Tottenham deal’ in a bid to get around this, with Kane able to enter pre-contract negotiations with clubs around Europe from January.

Serie A pair on their radar

Should Kane prove unattainable for United, they would be at something of an impasse. Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani is a target but would cost 100m euros, while Napoli striker Victor Osimhen would set them back even more than that.

As a result, one option that Erik ten Hag’s side are exploring is Lautaro Martinez, who is available for £70m and, ironically, almost joined Kane at Tottenham two years ago, only to turn down their advances in favour of staying at Inter Milan.

An alternative is former Chelsea man Tammy Abraham, with United reportedly sending scouts to watch the Roma man find the back of the next in their 1-1 draw with AC Milan on Saturday, and the Englishman is set to cost between 40 and 50m euros should he move on this summer.


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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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