When it rains, it pours. Fresh off of links between Barcelona and Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham now need to grapple with supposedly renewed interest in striker Harry Kane.
This latest rumor comes to us from the Daily Star. The paper claims that Manchester United might look to Tottenham’s talismanic youth product if their efforts to acquire Antoine Griezmann are fruitless.
All indications at this point are that Atlético Madrid would be unwilling to part with the young French forward. His release clause tops out at £85 million — well within the means of a club like United — but it alone might not be enough to convince the La Liga team.
Which leaves United pursuing other options to strengthen their forward line. Zlatan Ibrahimovic might sign an extended contract with the club, but at 35-years-old even he must eventually reach his limit. Wayne Rooney is also on the out at the club, and Jose Mourinho does not yet appear to trust in promising youngster Marcus Rashford to lead the line on his own.
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Thus reviving their interest in Kane would only make sense. He is young and English. On top of that — as his recent hat-trick against Stoke can attest — he is plenty experienced with scoring in the Premier League.
In 154 appearances with Tottenham he’s scored 86 goals and set up 15 assists per Transfermarkt. Sunday’s hat-trick took him back into the running for his second consecutive Golden Boot trophy.
It won’t be quite so easy though. Tottenham, if anything, would be even more reluctant to part with Kane as Atlético are to part with Griezmann. Even if United are willing to bid upwards of £80 million for the 23-year-old, it seems unlikely that Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino would be anxious to part with their primary goalscorer.
The specter of the new stadium looms large in the consciousness however. Tottenham are already financing that project well, but added funds would only ease the process. Until the stadium is complete and paid off, rumors such as these will persist.