Manchester United not to pursue Harry Kane for £150m

Manchester United are unwilling to spend £150-200million to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane due to concerns over the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Manchester United not to pursue Harry Kane for £150m post Coronavirus
Manchester United not to pursue Harry Kane for £150m post Coronavirus

Manchester United have been forced to redraw transfer strategy for this summer financial strain caused by the pandemic, as sky-high transfer fees will be viable for this transfer window. The club admit that they are unable to meet the touted fee for the Spurs and England talisman in the current scenario.

The manchester-based club had been interested in recruiting the proven goalscorer at the end of the season, and appeared to have been handed a boost in their sensational pursuit after Harry Kane, himself admitted that he would not remain at Tottenham ‘for the sake of it’. But the implications of the health emergency and associated business loss due to suspension football caused havoc to the financial capability of most of the clubs.

Tottenham have a contract for their striker until 2024, and the rumoured switch would have shattered United’s record transfer. It is understood that Kane is open for a move if it helps to fulfil his ambition to win a silverware.
Kane and the north London based club both have not won a trophy during their association and Kane’s transfer would have reinforced Manchester United’s ambitions to challenge for the Premier League title.

Kane’s recruitment would also have boosted the club commercially, considering the 26-year-old’s position as the national team skipper. But Tottenham’s demand for £200million may have proved a stumbling block for United in a standard transfer window, and there was confidence among figures at the club that no interested party would have been able to match their valuation.

United’s rethink may come as a severe blow to Kane, with club legend Gary Neville believing that the ace’s recent comments deliberately ‘opened the door’ to a switch.

‘Maybe, it fits Man United’s historical transfers, trying to sign [Alan] Shearer, [Rio] Ferdinand, [Wayne] Rooney – the most famous British players in the Premier League.

So it does fit with that, in terms of Harry Kane – but I did work with him at England and he is a clever lad, he is not someone who would get caught out.

The little opening of the door he left with Jamie (on Instagram Live), was probably something that had something in it.’

Harry Kane to Sky Sports