The Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel has claimed that by drawing their battle lines regarding Harry Kane, both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have ‘indirectly’ taken the first steps towards beginning negotiations for the striker.
Man Utd’s interest in Kane has been well documented, with Sky Sports reporting earlier this week that Daniel Levy has no intention of selling the striker to the Red Devils irrespective of whether he signs a new deal.
The publication added that United do not want to get tangled in a drawn-out transfer saga and the onus would thus be on the England captain to force a move away.
Mokbel has now also confirmed that Tottenham have been clear that Kane is not leaving despite his contract situation.
However, the journalists suggest that despite Spurs insisting they would not negotiate, both the North London club and United have ‘indirectly’ started negotiating already by revealing how they intend to approach a prospective transfer for the 29-year-old.
Mokbel adds that while Kane remains United’s number one priority, the Old Trafford hierarchy have also identified other alternatives, including Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic.
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While Mokbel seems confident that Levy’s stance of Kane not being for sale is merely a starting position in the negotiations, history tells us that the Spurs chairman means what he says.
Perhaps, Levy believes that even if the striker does not sign a new contract this summer, he can be convinced to do so as long as Spurs show signs of promise next season.
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