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Manchester United’sinterest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane evokes memories of their quest to sign Michael Carrick in 2006 – but the Red Devils are doing things differently this time around.
Carrick, who is now assistant manager to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, moved from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford in a £14million deal 15 years ago.
The midfielder went on to become a club great, making 464 appearances and winning five Premier League titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup, and the Champions League in 12 seasons with the Red Devils.
Kane might share similar reasons to Carrick for wanting to leave Tottenham, primarily the chance to win trophies, but United will not be approaching a deal for the current England captain in the same way they lured Carrick to Old Trafford.
Back in 2006, United were adamant in their belief that Carrick was going to join and did not baulk at Tottenham’s asking price.
Sir Alex Ferguson required a replacement for Roy Keane, and the 25-year-old Spurs midfielder fitted the bill perfectly.
Kane’s situation, however, is much different. United don’t have the same need for the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner that they did for Carrick.
Solskjaer has other options up-front, including Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani, who has just signed a new contract.
The Spurs ace is about to turn 28 and at a rumoured fee of around £240million, doesn’t represent much value in the current market.
United would love a player of Kane’s calibre in their team – who wouldn’t? But unlike in the past, clubs are prepared to walk away from a deal if the numbers don’t add up.
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That’s bad news for Tottenham, who could end up with an unhappy player in their squad whose value will continue to depreciate as his six-year contract runs down.
But it could be good news for the likes of Greenwood and Rashford, who’ll receive more game time and experience if Kane doesn’t make the move to Old Trafford.
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