Man Utd fans snap up Ronaldo shirts at Old Trafford
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Manchester United still have Harry Kane on their transfer shortlist, according to reports. The England international was expected to move to Manchester City during the summer window. But that ultimately didn’t happen, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could now take advantage of the situation in a year’s time.
Kane wanted to leave Tottenham in the summer, having grown tired at their failure to win the biggest titles on offer.
But despite the England international believing he had a gentleman’s agreement with Daniel Levy, he was ultimately forced to stay put.
That was a major blow to Manchester City, who also missed out on Cristiano Ronaldo when he returned to Manchester United instead.
Yet although Kane wanted to go to City, a move to Old Trafford can’t be entirely ruled out.
ESPN writer Rob Dawson has claimed the 27-year-old is on United’s shortlist still, despite Ronaldo’s sensational return to the club.
Solskjaer tends to play with just one forward, which is expected to be Ronaldo now he’s at the Norwegian’s disposal.
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But while that’s the case, it seems as though United are open to taking Kane on board and deploying him alongside the 36-year-old.
“Manchester United,” Dawson said when asked to predict where Kane will be playing his football next year.
“They registered an interest, along with Chelsea and City, when it became clear Kane wanted to leave Tottenham this summer, but their priorities were always a winger (Jadon Sancho) and a centre-back (Raphael Varane).
“A striker will be among the top targets next year and Kane remains on the list, even though they have brought Cristiano Ronaldo back.
“United have other options – namely, Haaland and Mbappe – but Manchester City and Real Madrid will also be looking for proven scorers.”
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If United were to sign Kane, he’d become the first player to leave Tottenham for Old Trafford since Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
The Bulgarian controversially made the move, angering Tottenham supremo Levy in the process.
And, in the years since, the Spurs chief has flatly refused to sell whenever United have come calling.
They wanted to land Luka Modric back in the summer transfer window of 2012, believing he’d be an ideal heir to Paul Scholes.
Yet Tottenham opted to flog the Croatian to Real Madrid instead, before doing the same with Gareth Bale the following year.
Then, during Jose Mourinho’s time in charge of United, they were again rebuffed.
Mourinho wanted to land Eric Dier in the summer of 2017 but, in the end, was forced to settle for the arrival of Nemanja Matic instead.
And Tottenham thwarted the Red Devils’ attempts to land Toby Alderweireld the following year, too.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson thinks United should have signed Kane instead of Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.
Merson wrote in his column for The Daily Star: “If Cristiano Ronaldo wins the league at Manchester United it will be the biggest thing he’s ever done in football.
“But he won’t because he’s not the same player anymore – and if you’re not going to win the league with him, I don’t see the point in signing him.
“Harry Kane wins you the league. With the money they have spent on Jadon Sancho and Ronaldo, surely you try and get Kane? I think he would have gone there. United are the biggest club in the world.
“Signing Ronaldo is great for the fans. The king is back.
“But it frustrates me. You sell shirts with Ronaldo.
“You win the league with Kane.”
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