Former Liverpool striker, Stan Collymore, has claimed that a move to Manchester United would be a step-up for Harry Kane.
After Kane’s interview with Jamie Redknapp on Instagram this month, in which the striker hinted that he might be open to leaving Spurs if they fail to progress as a club, the speculation regarding his future has predictably intensified.
The England captain has been linked with a £200 million move to Manchester United this summer by the Daily Mail, although Sky Sports suggest that Spurs have no plans of selling Kane to a Premier League rival.
Some Spurs fans wondered if the report meant that Daniel Levy was open to selling Kane to a foreign club this summer and Collymore also believes Real Madrid could be the striker’s next destination.
In his column for the Mirror, he wrote: “The notion that Spurs will sell for around £200 million, but not to a domestic rival, is interesting as well because that suggests chairman Daniel Levy is trying to play up interest from the Continent’s big boys.
“And the only clubs with the clout really to compete with Manchester United or Manchester City in England are Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“Those four clubs will have money whatever the weather and Levy’s comments left me wondering if he was laying out the path ahead by saying: ‘Okay, Harry, you can go. But it’s going to be the Spanish capital or Catalunya rather than Manchester’.
“We would see the mother of all bidding wars if that is to be the case. And I can honestly see Kane going to Real ahead of United in the same way we saw Gareth Bale move to the Bernabeu seven years ago.
“The only hope Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really has of selling Old Trafford as a primary destination for Kane, is if he tells him:‘We’re not just going to bring you in, Harry, we’re going to bring in Jadon Sancho as well to supply you and maybe a couple of other players on top of him’.
“If Sancho didn’t materialise then I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Kane taking the No.9 shirt from Karim Benzema at Real Madrid, with the Frenchman then heading to the Premier League.”
The former Reds star also insisted that moving to Old Trafford from North London would be a step up for the 26-year-old, although the same might not have been true a year ago.
Collymore added: “Some people will ask if United would be a step up from Spurs and they are right to do so.
“If we’d been having this conversation 12 to 18 months ago, I’d be saying he should hedge his bets and stay at Spurs.
“But Spurs look as if they are reverting back to being a Europa League-level club rather than Champions League, and if Kane goes then that’s only going to be exacerbated.”
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There is no chance that Kane leaves Spurs to join Manchester United this summer. Even if Levy wanted to cash in on Kane, he will be better off doing that next summer after the market recovers as Kane will go for a higher price. Any rumours of big-money transfers this summer need to be taken with a pinch of salt as all clubs are facing a lot of uncertainty at the moment.
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