The Athletic have revealed that while the Manchester United chiefs were reluctant to get involved in a transfer tussle for Harry Kane, they are now planning to test the waters owing to Erik Ten Hag’s insistence.

The report claims that signing a top-quality, experienced, centre-forward to lead the line is Ten Hag’s number one priority during the summer transfer window, with the Dutchman allegedly identifying Kane as the ‘ideal fit’ for his system.

Harry Kane

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It is explained that the United executives had privately expressed a reluctance to get dragged into protracted negotiations for the Tottenham man, particularly since Daniel Levy had informed them that he would not be selling the 29-year-old to a Premier League rival.

Erik Ten Hag is putting his foot down on Harry Kane

However, the report states that Ten Hag feels United have a ‘genuine chance’ of winning the race for Kane, which is why the Red Devils are now expected to test Spurs’ resolve to hold on to the striker.

The Athletic say some believe that while the Spurs chairman is happy to take negotiations to the end of the window, he does need to sell the England captain this summer.

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I would not be surprised if Levy is planning on following the modus operandi of the Bale sale in 2013, where Spurs bring all their signings in first before agreeing to sell Kane towards the end of the transfer window.

However, going by Levy’s history, he would likely be prepared to sell the striker for a considerably lower fee to Real Madrid than to Man Utd.

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