Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is on red alert to sign a central striker and he has decided Harry Kane is that man.
The Red Devils are ramping up their pursuit of the England skipper as they look to complete their first signing from Tottenham since Berbatov, 15 years ago.
The Spurs frontman will be on the market, with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2024, after yet another season of disappointment for the north London club.
Kane is on Ten Hag’s target list but the club are aware Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator and the club are wary about being drawn into a prolonged transfer saga similar to the one they were involved in with Frenkie de Jong last year.
United have not signed a player from Tottenham since Berbatov in the summer of 2008. That came two years after Michael Carrick made the same move. But, the move for the former Bulgaria star dragged on until the closing hours of the summer window.
That made Sir Alex Ferguson and former CEO David Gill to vow that they would never deal with the club again. That is a promise they kept until they both left United in the summer of 2013, with the decade since also seeing no direct business.
But, United need to sign a striker this summer and are pushing ahead with their plan to sign Kane this summer, according to the Telegraph. That is a huge move from Ferguson’s stance of not attempting to sign players from the London side.
Wout Weghorst will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season when his loan deal expires while it is believed that United will listen to offers for Anthony Martial.
Man United have alternatives in attack should they fail to sign Kane. Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is said to be a major target this summer, but his price tag may prove excessive.
The club also have big admiration for Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos and Mohammed Kudus, whom Ten Hag coached at Ajax.