Journalist reveals how Man Utd plan to win race for Kane’s signature 

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Dom Le Roy

According to journalist Ian McGarry, Manchester United are ready to pay Harry Kane an £18m signing-on fee should he decide to move to Old Trafford. 

In his interview with Gary Neville, Kane has admitted that he will have a conversation with Daniel Levy about his future but stopped short of suggesting that he wants out of Tottenham.

Although United have offered Edinson Cavani a contract extension, the Red Devils are still thought to be in the market for a new number nine and are rumoured to be eyeing a move for Kane (The Athletic).

The Red Devils are reportedly set to face competition from Manchester City and Chelsea for the prolific Spurs star.

McGarry has now revealed that one of the ways United hope to beat other suitors to Kane’s signature is by offering him a signing-on fee that would compensate the England captain for the bonus he will be missing out on if he puts in an official transfer request at Spurs.

The journalist explains that Kane will lose £18m if he asks to leave Tottenham this summer and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are not only ready to cover that cost but are also ready to double the striker’s salary.

McGarry said on The Transfer Window Podcast (as relayed by The Daily Star): “He has not yet requested a transfer in a formal sense.

“It is our information that Manchester United have made it clear to Harry Kane that should he need to push for a transfer, ie. asking for a transfer in an official sense, which would disbar his entitlement to a pay-off on his current contract, which is reportedly £6m net per year currently until 2024.

“Meaning that he would lose out on £18m if he asked for a transfer. These are the ways in which football works, and Manchester United are prepared to compensate him for that loss of earnings with a signing-on fee which could be paid over the length of his contract.

“Obviously he would expect, and be offered around twice his current salary at Tottenham, so not only would he be earning more, but he’d get some sort of compensation fee for the wages that he gives up should he force his way out of Tottenham Hotspur, and that could be a very powerful way of doing things for Kane because he has risked a lot in making it public his desire to leave Spurs.”

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