Rumors over Tottenham devotee Harry Kane over a £ 200m transfer to the world record-breaking Manchester United accelerated over the weekend.
The English captain has spent his entire career with the Spurs, but is said to be frustrated by the lack of silverware he has earned so far, despite numerous near misses.
The latest of these was a devastating loss to Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid last year and since that heartbreaking night in June, Tottenham has separated from manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has made Kane the player he is today and replaced him with Jose Mourinho.
Harry Kane did not win a trophy at Tottenham, absent in the Champions League last year
Manchester Untied manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could rush for Kane this summer
The 26-year-old said earlier this month that he would not stay in Tottenham “for fun”, fueling speculation on a transfer.
Sidelined by a hamstring injury since January, Kane has the opportunity to get back in shape in time for football to return after the coronavirus crisis ends.
But in the summer, and after the season is over, could Kane shockingly settle in the top six? Is it worth the big sum that turns, and what would United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players gain by having one of Europe’s deadliest attackers join their ranks?
Without a shadow of a doubt, Kane’s top scorer’s record is his most valuable and attractive trait.
During his career, he has scored 229 goals in 378 club and national appearances and has won the Premier League gold shoe twice.
HARRY KANE STATS THIS SEASON
Since his breakthrough in the Europa League in the 2014-15 season, Kane has superbly led the line to Tottenham, so much so that sometimes the club has become entirely dependent on its clinical finish.
Kane is deadly in front of goal, with fiercely precise strikes on both feet, a trademark of his game, as well as his productivity in the air and head-to-head.
Even this season, where his team has not been in shape and there have been upheavals in the canoe, Kane is still the top scorer of the club with 17 goals, although he has missed the last three months due of the injury in Southampton on New Years Day.
Big game player
The 26-year-old has proven that he can score in every competition, at the highest of stages.
After showing his us in front of goal five years ago under Tim Sherwood in European secondary competition, Kane stepped up the season thereafter in Tottenham’s biggest game in season: the North London derby.
Kane celebrates after scoring a superb goal against Arsenal in the derby in March 2016
The striker scored an astonishing goal in the home game at White Hart Lane, when he managed to find the net against the Gunners in only one high-flying game – his overall record in all competitions against Arsenal amounts to ten goals in 11 appearances.
He has also scored against the top six on previous occasions and has scored crucial goals against Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona in the Champions League over the years.
But his most notable achievement may have come as captain of England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Kane scored a total of six goals as he led his team to the semifinals and won the prestigious gold shoe with that count. His overall international record is 32 goals in 45 caps – just 21 goals from Wayne Rooney’s all-time record.
The English captain was the top scorer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with six goals
One of the most admired things about Kane is his professionalism on and off the field, as well as his tireless work pace and excellent attitude.
Far from his breakthrough that was given to him on a silver plate, Kane endured four loan spells early in his career as he struggled to record consistent minutes at the first team level.
But once given the opportunity, he worked tirelessly to keep his place on the side, both at the club level and internationally.
The simple notion of professionalism should not be overlooked either, given recent transgressions by teammate Dele Alli and former club teammate Kyle Walker. Kane has never had such an incident.
Especially since he was named captain of England before the World Cup, Kane has become a fantastic leader.
He gave the example in Russia, and although he is not the most vocal of the characters, his efforts and his fierce competitiveness are reflected in all those who play with him.
Kane has become an excellent leader since taking the National Team armband in 2018
The striker also intervened in place of Hugo Lloris when needed for Tottenham
He intervened when needed at Spurs in the role of captain and is clearly one of the team leaders, both under Mauricio Pochettino and now under Jose Mourinho.
Leadership qualities are also not something that circulates freely in the Manchester United team, so the addition of Kane would certainly be felt in the locker room.
United’s last piece in the puzzle
Since finishing second in the 2017-18 season, Manchester United has struggled to find a reliable leader.
Despite the initial promise, it turned out that it was not about Romelu Lukaku, it was certainly not Alexis Sanchez and the form of Marcus Rashford seems to fluctuate throughout a season – while his best performances normally come from a wide position on the left.
But with Kane, a deadly finisher and two-time Golden Boot winner, it may well be the last piece in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s puzzle at Old Trafford.
Not only is Kane used to playing with Rashford internationally – chances are Kane would come and play with Rashford at United, but not replace him – but he would also act as the ideal mentor for 18-year-old Mason Greenwood.
Marcus Rashford (L) and Mason Greenwood (R) could benefit from the arrival of Kane
United midfielder Bruno Fernandes would like to have a clinical finisher like Kane to settle in
In addition, after the meteoric departure of midfielder Bruno Fernandes since his arrival in January at Sporting Lisbon, the Portuguese playmaker would no doubt be delighted with the arrival of someone of Kane’s quality.
Its intelligent races and its adaptability on each foot would make a dream partner for Fernandes, in particular with the rhythm of Rashford, Daniel James and Anthony Martial on each side.
With the Spurs allegedly asking for £ 200 million for their precious commodity, it would certainly be a gamble for Ed Woodward and Manchester United. But if Solskjaer pushes him, in a period when many clubs in financial difficulty may have trouble retaining their best players, it could actually be a good deal.
United boss Solskjaer could target Kane for world record £ 200m this summer