Premier League top scorer: Kane claims Golden Boot
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Manchester United are reportedly preparing a mega-money offer to lure Harry Kane to Old Trafford ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season with French star Anthony Martial making way for him.
Kane, who sealed the 2020/21 Premier League Golden Boot on the final day of the campaign, has told Spurs he wants to leave north London this summer amid growing frustrations over their ability to win major trophies.
His remarks have sparked a flurry of transfer speculation over where he will be playing next season, with United rumoured to be leading the way in the race for the 27-year-old.
According to reports from The Times, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are prepared to compensate Kane for any lost earnings he may incur if he submits a formal transfer request at Tottenham.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will push for as high a fee as possible for his star man and Kane may be forced to submit a request to move his exit onto the next stage.
If that happens, the England star would forfeit any loyalty payments within his contract at the club, but United are prepared to cover those costs as part of his signing on fee at Old Trafford.
United are confident that a move for Kane would offer a bridge between disgruntled United fans and the club American owners, the Glazer family this summer.
Their Premier League home game against Liverpool earlier this month was postponed following major fan protests outside the stadium with supporters fiercely opposed to the Glazer’s continued involvement with the club.
That outpouring of anger has led to the creation of the “#NotAPennyMore” campaign which has targeted United’s commercial sponsors and led to the Manchester-based Hut Group stepping away from negotiations over a 10-year sponsorship deal of £200 million.
The Glazers are now backing Solskjaer in his pursuit of Kane, after the Norwegian declined to confirm or deny their interest in him, following Edinson Cavani’s contract extension earlier this month.
However, with Spurs set to demand between £120-150m for Kane in the coming months, Solskjaer will need to sell before he can buy and Martial’s exit could be used to raise funds.
The United No.9 has endured an injury disrupted 2021, after his season was cut short by knee ligament damage back in March, with just four Premier League goals in 22 appearances to his name.
The former AS Monaco frontman is under contract at Old Trafford until 2024, with the option of a further year extension, but United could secure in the region of £45m for the 25-year-old, who is attracting interest from Serie A and Ligue 1.
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