Man Utd’s new ‘favorites’ to pick up Tottenham ace Harry Kane after ‘guarantee’ see Man City take Erling Haaland’s lead

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Man Utd have moved into the position as favorites to pick up Harry Kane next summer after Man City said their chase in favor of landing Erling Haaland, a report claims.

Pep Guardiola’s side saw several bids for Harry Kane beaten back last summer. The Tottenham striker was seen as the ideal long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, and his ability to bring others into play would have fitted in well with City’s myriad of strikers.

Still, Spurs supermodel Daniel Levy stood firm, ensuring Kane remained in north London until further notice.

The January window came and went without any concrete news connecting Man City with Kane again. This suggests that the club has closed the door for Kane once and for all and German publication Picture is now of that opinion.

The informant (via SportWitness) that Man City’s interest in Kane has ‘cooled’. Instead, they are now targeting Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian shooter has created a really scary target relationship since he moved to Germany. At the time of writing, Haaland has looted 80 goals in 79 games across all tournaments in black and yellow.

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In contrast, Kane endures his worst season since becoming Spurs’ top man in 2014/15. He has only seven league goals in 23 games this season, though his game against Man City last week suggested there is plenty left in the tank yet.

Haaland will be available for around £ 63 million in the summer according to his release clause. Daily Mirror recently claimed five teams are actively pursuing Haaland, but only Man City from the Premier League.

Picture State City could have that advantage as they – in their words – are able to ‘guarantee’ a title. It’s something that is ‘exactly what Haaland wants’ from his next club after enduring repeated frustrations at the hands of Bayern in Germany.

Guardiola reportedly ‘wants to get’ the deadly hotshot, and City are willing and more than able to meet any demands, as Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola says. Outlet claims that a whopping ‘€ 35m’ a year should be provided, which roughly equates to a weekly salary of £ 480,000.

With City’s attention now apparently directed at Haaland, the door is now open for Man Utd to strike for Kane.

A new striker must be signed at some point given the age of their current center strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo is 37, while Edinson Cavani is 34. The Uruguayan is still a free agent in the summer, while Ronaldo recently hinted that his insatiable desire for trophies could see him leave the Red Devils too soon.

Man Utd is thus considered to be the new ‘favorites’ to land Kane, who is Manchester Evening News claims could be reunited with Mauricio Pochettino at Old Trafford.


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Man Utd’s path to a risky free agent clears

Meanwhile, Man Utd have been encouraged in the race to sign an upcoming Borussia Dortmund free agent, though the reasons may make them think about it, according to a report.

Dan-Axel Zagadou’s future looks more and more likely that he might want away from Dortmund. The 22-year-old French midfielder is an impressive figure in his day, though those days are worryingly rare.

This is because the 6ft 6in defender continues to struggle with injuries. Zagadou has only been in the Bundesliga nine times this season. His season high for appearances in a German league campaign stands at just 17.

Man Utd drew connections to Zagadou earlier in February with interim boss Ralf Rangnick was reported to be a fan. United were reported to have approached Zagado’s agent with a free agent swoop in the summer on the agenda.

Now, Inside Futbol (quotes German business Kicker), has shed new light on the situation.

They claim that Dortmund now have serious reservations about whether it is right to extend Zagado’s stay. His injury problems are the root cause of their hesitation, with Dortmund being described as ‘anxious’ to offer a new deal.

What makes things worse is the fact that Zagadou suffered another injury in the 6-0 match against Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend. Tea Manchester Evening News reported the injury affected by his thigh muscle.

As such, it looks more and more likely that Dortmund will allow their midfielders to go away for free in the summer. It will give Man Utd the chance to snatch him for free – if they want to. Inside Futbol also claims that West Ham are interested.

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