Harry Kane Expresses Ambitions to Manchester United Manager, Fueling Transfer Speculations
Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane is a target for Manchester United ahead of the summer transfer window.
Memories must have flashed through Harry Kane’s mind as he placed the ball on the penalty spot.
It was the first penalty he had taken in an England shirt since blazing the ball over the bar in the closing stages of the Three Lions’ heartbreaking 2-1 World Cup quarter-final defeat to France in Qatar 103 days earlier. With the added pressure of becoming his country’s all-time leading goalscorer, Kane was the calmest man inside the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
He dashed away to celebrate, a look of relief and pride on his face. He had surpassed Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 England goals, bringing his total to a record-breaking 54.
With him now at the top of England’s goalscoring charts, he’ll be hoping to break Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 260 goals and cement his place in Premier League history as the division’s deadliest striker of all time. But, despite setting numerous personal records, including becoming Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer earlier this season, Kane has yet to win a trophy in his career.
It is criminal that a player of his talent and record-breaking statistics for both club and country has never won a major award. With his Tottenham contract expiring in June 2024 and the Londoners still no closer to ending their 15-year trophy drought, this summer represents Kane’s golden opportunity to cut ties and move on, giving him the chance to earn his first piece of silverware elsewhere.
As has been widely reported in recent months, United are determined to bolster their attacking options this summer by signing a new striker. Despite the club’s progress under Erik ten Hag this season, they still lack an elite-level center-forward to move to the next stage of their progression plan.
Kane, who Ten Hag has identified as his preferred target, has been identified as one of United’s best options, alongside Napoli star Victor Osimhen. Both players have had outstanding seasons for their respective clubs, scoring 48 goals between them. They are gaining deserved attention and recognition.
With the pair appearing to be at the forefront of United’s search for a striker, fans have been debating who they believe would be a better fit for the Reds and Ten Hag’s style of play, taking into account their experience, potential, ages, and a slew of other factors. As with anything in life, there has been healthy debate, with both parties gaining support.
While Osimhen is five years Kane’s junior and has plenty of future potential as an athletic, modern-day striker, Kane is a proven Premier League operator, having scored more than 200 goals in the competition during his career. In five of the last eight Premier League seasons, he has scored 20 goals or more.
With a record like that, it is deserving of not just any trophy, but the Premier League title. Although United is still in the process of trying to achieve that, based on their performance so far this season, you would say they are much closer to topping the Premier League than Spurs are in the near future.
Ten Hag has transformed United’s fortunes, and they still have a chance to finish the season with three major trophies. How successful could they be with Kane if they can achieve that without him at the top of the pitch?
Even though there have been some concerns raised about Kane’s age, the England captain has stated that he intends to continue playing at the highest level and setting records for as long as possible, with Manchester City interested in signing him in the summer of 2021.
“I feel like I’ve still got almost another career to play,” said Kane. “I’ve got seven, eight years, of what I’ve already had in the Premier League, so I’m not rushing anything, I’m not desperate to do anything.
“I’m not afraid to say I want to be the best. I want to try and get to the level [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi got to. That’s my ultimate goal, to be winning trophies season-in, season-out and scoring 50, 60, 70 goals season-in, season-out.
“I’ve still got so much more to give. I can produce better numbers than I’m producing at the moment.”
Kane has every right to be confident in his ability to hit such numbers. He is one of the greatest strikers of all time, with an unrivaled record in front of goal. It is, however, a record worthy of recognition.
If he joins United, given their current form and future plans under Ten Hag, he should be able to put an end to his drought. The Reds are back on track, whereas Tottenham, as Antonio Conte made clear last weekend, are a club lacking ambition and content to finish fourth year after year.