This summer will see Manchester United once again role the dice in their latest attempt to return the club to the glory days of old – and it could see them add the best striker in the world to a roster already featuring the greatest goalscorer in football history.
Last year, the Red Devils made the statement signing of all statement signings when they sealed a sensation Old Trafford return for Cristiano Ronaldo. Though the Portuguese superstar has experienced his fare share of fairytale moments this season, United still find themselves adrift.
Ralf Rangnick’s men are in real danger of missing out on Champions League football next term as they face an uphill battle to dislodge Arsenal from the Premier League’s elusive fourth spot. Having come up short on the trophy front as well, change is on the horizon this summer and it could include another yet another big name signing in attack.
According to The Athletic, Harry Kane sits atop United’s transfer wish-list as the top-four chasers look to act on their previous interest. Amid the Tottenham striker’s heavy links to Manchester City last summer, United reportedly made contact with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to express their admiration.
Having landed Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho – in addition to Ronaldo – United are believed to have made the decision to hold off their pursuit of Kane until the summer of 2022 due to budget constraints. With that now very nearly upon us, Spurs will be bracing themselves for a bid as United look add further firepower to their forward line.
Should the Red Devils land Kane, he could prove to be a blessing and a curse. The 28-year-old has proven himself to be the stand-out striker in world football in recent years and would undeniably add quality – and plenty of goals – to any team on the planet.
What will happen to Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford if Harry Kane signs for Manchester United this summer?
However, his arrival would likely cause significant problems. Kane would undoubtedly become one of the first names on United’s team sheet, which will prove cause for concern for the rest of the club’s assortment of attackers.
It may well be a case of United having to sacrifice the likes of Ronaldo and Rashford in order to accommodate the England captain. Ronaldo has spearheaded United’s forward line throughout most of the season, and it seems unlikely he would be willing to alter his role for the current Tottenham man.
Ronaldo has, of course, spent the majority of his career on the left, so a slight adjustment could be made, however, he’s fine-tuned his game in recent years in order to become front and centre in attack. Then there’s the emergence of Sancho.
United’s £73million man is beginning to replicate the form he displayed at Borussia Dortmund which earned him his mega-money move to Old Trafford last summer. Sancho very much looks a shoe-in within United’s attack going forward and he himself has been a contributing factor in Marcus Rashford’s stunted season.
Kane’s arrival would raise further doubts over Rashford’s future, which has already been called into question following his recent declaration of disgruntlement. As for Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, the writing appears to already be on the wall.
United are clearly intent on capturing Kane this summer but they run the risk of causing more harm than good. Can they incorporate Kane, Ronaldo, Rashford and Sancho into the same attack? Will some of their existing superstars have to be sacrificed for the Spurs man’s arrival? And is any of this even possible if Champions League football isn’t secured?
The big decisions for those at Old Trafford just keep on coming.