According to the Guardian, Manchester United has officially ended their interest in Harry Kane, saying the cost to sign the Tottenham striker is too prohibitive.
As if we didn’t know this news was coming.
Kane is too expensive, even for Manchester United. Daniel Levy did not intend to sell Kane, Europe’s most prized striker, to a Premier League rival, thus locking in a price he knew would not fly with United’s executives.
While Erik ten Hag was desperate to sign Kane, he understands the blockade set up by Levy is almost impossible to circumvent.
Levy is steadfast on keeping Kane at Tottenham, hoping the club’s all-time leading scorer will fall in love with Ange ball, convincing him to sign a contract extension.
Kane signed his first boyhood deal at Tottenham when he was 16 years old and has bagged 213 Premier League goals since. He became Spurs’ all-time leading scorer on a goal against Manchester City in the 2022-23 campaign, surpassing the legendary Jimmy Greaves.
Real Madrid has also cooled on their interest in signing Kane. Again, the asking price was too high for the Galacticos, whose current priority is signing younger players yet to hit their prime.
Also, Real Madrid believes Kane’s resell value will decrease in the coming years, another deterrent for the Spanish club.
Kane’s options to leave Tottenham this summer are quickly diminishing, increasing substantially the chances of him staying for the 2023-24 season.
That also increases the probability of Tottenham losing him on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the 2023-24 season.
Hopefully, a season under the charismatic Ange Postecoglou will convince Spurs’ talisman to sign on the dotted line for another few seasons.
However, he might resent being prevented from leaving by Levy, whose negotiation tactics have scuppered any potential deal for the world’s best striker.