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Manchester United Receive Boost In Pursuit Of The Premier League Legend: What Should The Red Devils Do?

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Pratyay Maitra
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If a recent report from The Sun is believed to be true, Manchester United have received a boost in pursuit of their long-term target Harry Kane. They contacted the player’s entourage via a third party and the response received from his camp is indeed encouraging.

The Three Lions skipper progressed through the academy ranks of Spurs and eventually became their all-time top scorer (201). He needs 8 more goals to surpass Wayne Rooney’s (208) record, however, the ultimate objective would be to break Alan Shearer’s record of 260 goals in Premier League history. Having said that, the hitman from North London should explore a new challenge elsewhere in order to conquer his first-ever silverware.

Despite enjoying a bright start under Antonio Conte, the Lilywhites lost the plot midway through the season. They are not only struggling for a ‘top four’ finish but also suffered a shocking FA Cup exit following a defeat against Sheffield United. Their future in Europe is hanging by a thread after a first-leg defeat versus AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 contest and as the things stand, Tottenham are heading towards another trophyless campaign.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane

Spurs, meanwhile, might be forced to reduce the rumoured £100m valuation of their prized asset upon missing out on a Champions League place. Kane’s £200,000-a-week deal will expire at the closure of the 2023-24 season and the club, therefore, should opt for cashing in on their prized asset over losing him for nothing in a year’s time.

Why Manchester United Should Secure His Services

In spite of a 7-0 humiliation at Anfield, Manchester United seem to be on an upward trajectory under Erik ten Hag. They have already won the League Cup and are also chasing the FA Cup glory as well as the Europa League crown. The gaffer made some exciting additions over the past two windows, but they are likely to rope in one outright ‘number 9’ to resolve their striker conundrum.

The controversial exit of Cristiano Ronaldo led to the signing of Wout Weghorst. The 6 ft 6 in centre-forward has been brought in as a short-fix, whereas the persistent injury problems have restricted Anthony Martial’s minutes. Marcus Rashford is more menacing as a wide attacking option and the inclusion of Kane high up the pitch should boost their Premier League aspiration.

Manchester City were desperate to land him a couple of summers ago, but the move was blocked by his current employers. While it remains to be seen whether the Englishman pens a contract extension in the coming days, his ambition of winning a trophy must not be understated. At the age of 29, Kane should make a rational call and choose his next destination with wisdom to fulfil his title dream.

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