Kane or Sancho? Man United face dilemma over top transfer targets

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Harry Kane has given Manchester United a dilemma. Here is a player who has been on the Old Trafford wish list since 2015 and, all of a sudden, may be available. He may also be affordable, if football recognises the financial reality check that is coming its way and Tottenham Hotspur’s fantastical £200 million valuation of the England captain is halved due to a variety of factors (more of those later). In which case, Kane will not be eclipsing Paris Saint-Germain’s £198m outlay for Neymar as the world-record transfer anytime soon.nfl jerseys nike cheap

But just as Kane begins to come into range for United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to consider whether to go all-out for one of the most consistent goal scorers of the Premier League era — and do what United always did under Sir Alex Ferguson by targeting the best players in England — or to stick with a plan that is finally beginning to show signs of progress and focus instead on signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.2

The world is still attempting to navigate a route out of the coronavirus crisis, and football, like every other industry, is bracing itself for the massive financial impact that will follow as a consequence, so no club is going to be throwing money around when some kind of normality returns. Which is why United will have to focus on one or the other — Kane or Sancho — once transfer business becomes a priority at some, as yet unknown, stage down the road.

Kane has been on United’s radar ever since the summer of 2015, following his breakthrough season at Tottenham, when he scored 21 goals in all competitions under Mauricio Pochettino.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

United have always regarded the best British players as a key element of their recruitment. Some, like Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, they signed, and others, such as Frank Lampard or Gareth Bale, they missed out on.

Since 2015, Kane has always seemed out of reach because of United’s post-Ferguson decline and Tottenham’s emergence as Champions League regulars. But, having always insisted he could realise his ambitions with Spurs, Kane opened the door to a move away during an Instagram Q&A with former Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp last month.

“I’ve always said if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, then I’m not someone to just stay there for the sake of it,” Kane said. “So it’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever, but it’s not a no, either.”

Kane’s comments have been followed by well-sourced reports that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would be prepared to sell the player for £200m.