Man Utd have surged into the position of favourites to sign Harry Kane next summer after Man City ditched their pursuit in favour of landing Erling Haaland, claims a report.
Pep Guardiola’s side saw multiple bids to sign Harry Kane knocked 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’ve meshed well with City’s myriad of attackers.
Yet Spurs supremo Daniel Levy stood firm, ensuring Kane stayed put in north London for now.
The January window came and went without any concrete news linking Man City with Kane once again. That suggested the club have closed the door to Kane once and for all, and German publication Bild are now of that opinion.
They state (via Sport Witness) that Man City’s interest in Kane has ‘cooled’. Instead, they are now targeting Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian marksman has generated a truly frightening goals ratio since moving to Germany. At the time of writing, Haaland has plundered 80 goals in 79 matches across all competitions in black and yellow.
Erling Haaland and Harry Kane trending in opposite directions
In contrast, Kane is enduring his worst season since becoming Spurs’ main man up top in 2014/15. He has just seven league goals in 23 outings this season, though his brace against Man City last week suggested there is plenty left in the tank yet.
Haaland will be available for around £63m in the summer per his release clause. The Daily Mirror recently claimed five teams are actively pursuing Haaland, but only Man City from the Premier League.
Bild state City could have the edge given they are – in their words – able to ‘guarantee’ a title. That is 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 lethal hotshot and City are willing and more than capable of matching any demands Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola churns out. The outlet claim a whopping ‘€35m’ per year will need to tabled, which roughly equates to a weekly salary of £480,000.