Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Harry Kane ‘wanted Manchester United move’ before they signed Rasmus Hojlund

Harry Kane would have waited until next summer to sign for Manchester United, for free, if he was given assurances over the switch, it has been reported.

The England skipper was the subject of speculation regarding his future in the summer having failed to agree a new deal with Tottenham.

Kane moved to Bayern Munich this summer but previously had his sights set on a move to Manchester UnitedGetty

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was reluctant to sell Kane to a Premier League rivalGetty

Kane’s eventual £86.4million arrival at Bayern Munich was due in part to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s reluctance to sell the striker to a Premier League rival but Levy could have had no influence on Kane’s next destination had he wound down his contract.

Levy was under pressure from owner Joe Lewis to cash in on Kane who had just 11 months remaining on his deal, and recoup funds for their academy graduate.

But according to the Daily Mail, Kane’s preference was to move to Old Trafford even if it meant seeing out his Spurs contract and leaving for free.

The 30-year-old had his sights set on a switch to Manchester United but needed guarantees that a move would materialise next summer.

Kane was United boss Erik ten Hag’s top summer target but uncertainty around the club’s ownership quashed any chance of meeting Tottenham’s valuation.

Ten Hag was quick to switch his attention to a younger, cheaper option in Rasmus Hojlund, ending Kane’s hopes of a move to Old Trafford.

The ex-Tottenham ace comes up against United on Wednesday, live on talkSPORT, in the Champions League group stage hoping to continue his electric start to life in Munich.

He has netted four times in his opening five games for the reigning Bundesliga champions and has his sights set on a leaky Manchester United defence when the clubs go head-to-head on Wednesday.

Kane was Ten Hag’s number one summer targetGetty

But opted for Hojlund when it became clear that United could not afford Kane’s transfer feeGetty

Bayern and United will be favourites to qualify for the round of 16 stage but FC Copenhagen and a star-studded Galatasaray side appear ready to rewrite the script.

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