According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are seemingly keen on making a move for Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane at the end of the season, with the 29-year-old said to be valued at around £85m with just 18 months left to run on his current deal.
Although there have since been claims that the England skipper may be open to extending that contract with the Lilywhites, the Old Trafford outfit will be hoping that the lure of potentially competing for silverware under Erik ten Hag could tempt the prolific striker into sealing an exit from north London.
Such a move could well represent a real coup for those at the Theatre of Dreams, with journalist Ryan Taylor – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – suggesting that the £200k-per-week sensation could be “perfect” for the three-time European champions.
Asked whether Kane is Ten Hag’s top target this summer to fill the centre-forward void, the transfer insider stated:
“I think so, but it does depend on one key factor and that’s whether he feels Kane fits the system. Personally, I think he would be perfect for United with the way they’re playing at the moment, in terms of dropping deep and players like Rashford going in behind.”
The 80-cap maestro has only recently laid bare his quality after drawing level with the late-great Jimmy Greaves as Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer on 266 goals, with that latest effort away to Fulham ensuring that the one-club man boasts 199 Premier League career goals to date.
Such ruthlessness and reliability in front of goal has unsurprisingly seen the Walthamstow-born menace earn comparisons to a legendary figure in United’s history in the form of Ruud van Nistelrooy, with Wayne Rooney having previously stated:
“Harry is a classic No.9, the closest I’ve seen to Ruud. If I were building a team, he’s the one I’d start with. Harry Kane: there’s my No.9, then I’d build the rest around him.”
The now-retired Dutchman was, of course, a truly devastating presence in attack under Sir Alex Ferguson, having netted 150 goals in just 219 games in all competitions in the red jersey, including 95 goals in only 150 top-flight games.
The one-time PSV Eindhoven man – who belatedly arrived in England in the summer of 2001 – was famed for his single-minded approach to goalscoring, having been lauded as an “absolute machine” by former teammate, Roy Keane.
Kane also appears to have that knack for finding the back of the net with scary regularity, having been described as the “most reliable of finishers” by another iconic Red Devils figure of the recent past, Gary Neville.
As such, should the Spurs man sign on the dotted line come the summer and make the move to Manchester, he could potentially emulate Van Nistelrooy’s breathtaking spell at the club.