Manchester United could beat Manchester City and Chelsea to the signing of Tottenham forward Harry Kane as the Red Devils have three stars that could be included in a part-exchange deal to test Daniel Levy’s resolve, according to Gary Neville. Kane is widely expected to seek a new challenge this summer after reportedly informing the north London club of his desire to leave at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old has played a crucial role for Spurs ever since breaking into the first-team picture back in 2014, but seems to have grown frustrated with a distinct lack of silverware in the following seven years.
Kane has never lifted a trophy at Tottenham, who have endured a long and painful 13-year wait to claim major honours that will be extended by at least another season after last month’s Carabao Cup final defeat.
United, City and Chelsea are said to be keeping a close eye on the striker’s situation, with Levy reportedly slapping a monumental £150million price tag on his prized asset.
Pep Guardiola’s side are believed to be the early frontrunners, with the newly-crowned Premier League champions in need of a top-class attacker to replace Sergio Aguero, who has agreed to join Barcelona ahead of next season.
However, it seems likely that United could aim to sneak ahead of their cross-city rivals and seal a move for Kane despite recently tying Edinson Cavani to a one-year contract extension.
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Neville, who made 599 appearances for the Red Devils over the course of his career, believes that his former employers should use no less than three players as bargaining chips in order to engineer a deal.
The 46-year-old told Sky Sports that Anthony Martial, Daniel James and Jesse Lingard could be the ideal solutions for United, suggesting that the likes of City and Chelsea do not have the squad depth required to offer players of the same calibre in exchange for Kane.
“It’s difficult,” said Nevillle. “City don’t tend to break their budget do they, £65m/£70m [is their transfer record] – they’re not going to get him for that.
“So it’s whether they could get a player to Tottenham that would makeweight the deal. And I think that’s what United maybe have in Martial, James and Lingard.
“They’re types of players you could send there [to Spurs] plus a chunk of money and it might make Daniel Levy happy, I don’t know.”
The back end of United’s season has been plagued by discontent from supporters despite the club’s second-placed finish in the Premier League table.
The failed European Super League fiasco only served to amplify the widespread opposition to the Glazer family, with fans making their voices heard through a number of large-scale protests and demonstrations in the weeks since.
Although the signing of Kane would represent United’s biggest transfer coup since Paul Pogba returned to Old Trafford in 2016, Neville is not convinced that the Spurs man’s arrival would pacify disgruntled onlookers.
The former England full-back suggested that the Glazers may need to supplement a move for Kane by landing both Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in order to stand any chance of winning back the hearts of supporters.
“I think it would appease a lot of the fanbase in terms of obviously the ones that want to look at signings, the ones that have been appeased before,” added Neville.
“I think there is an element of the fanbase that are not going to let this go, but I think that there will be some to be fair, if they sign Harry Kane, Varane and Sancho.
“It will cost a lot of money but it’s the type of thing that would quieten some of the fans down and create incredible excitement at Old Trafford.”