Speculation on Harry Kane’s future is gradually increasing and that is normally not a great sign for the employing club, although the England international recently expressed his desire to remain at Spurs and to build on a great season. Unfortunately for Tottenham, Manchester United are in the market for a striker and they have money. The last time, Spurs found themselves in a similar situation, their striker Dimitar Berbatov ended up joining the Red Devils after weeks of gossip.
Yesterday, it was reported that Wayne Rooney urged his manager Louis van Gaal to sign Harry Kane from Spurs, although that constellation sounds a bit like a fairytale out of Manchester United dreamland. Several sums and different deals have been touted; one of these claims that United are willing to part with €55 million, others suggest that the English record champion is willing to offer Nani, Januzaj and Hernandez as part of the deal. Whatever the case might be, Harry Kane is subject to all this due to his impressive season at Spurs. The young England striker scored 31 goals in 51 games and was by far the most prolific Tottenham player.
Nevertheless, it is important to point out that one great season does not necessarily justify such insane amounts of money being thrown around. As Manchester United become more and more commercial, their recruitment seems loosely based on Real Madrid’s tradition of making good players seem like great players and ultimately not winning trophies. Based on pure performance and fit, the player that United should really be looking at is Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, who just turned 24.
The French international followed up a good season with an even better one this year, after scoring 27 goals in 31 Ligue 1 games and winning the golden boot in France. Young, physically strong and technically gifted, this seems like the perfect fit for the Manchester United front line. However, discussion around Lacazette’s future is only limited to some speculation, linking the forward with Arsenal and PSG. For Manchester United, signing the Lyon striker would represent a better deal and would ultimately deliver the better player for the club.
In other news, Radamel Falcao seems to have agreed personal terms with Chelsea, with the transfer fee remaining the only stumbling block. The Columbian had a season to forget at Manchester United and not much suggests that he would benefit from staying in the Premier League, although Jose Mourinho seems to be more of a fan than LvG was. It remains to be seen as to whether Falcao can add another dimension to Chelsea’s attack and his imminent arrival at Stamford Bridge is likely to ignite speculation surrounding Diego Costa’s future, who is thought to be unhappy in England.