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Man United could find Van Persie 2.0 in Harry Kane

Manchester United are reportedly looking to strengthen their centre-forward ranks with the signing of Tottenham Hotspur talisman, Harry Kane, this summer.

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According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are said to be ‘considering’ whether to make a move for the England captain at the end of the season, with the 29-year-old facing an uncertain future in north London with only 18 months remaining on his current deal.

The report suggests that the lethal marksman – who could command a fee of around £85m – is seemingly ‘open’ to the idea of making the move to join Erik ten Hag’s side.

This follows a previous report from ESPN that suggested the prolific ace is one of the names that United are targetting ahead of the summer window, with the recent loan capture of Wout Weghorst having been something of a short-term fix.

Van Persie 2.0

The Old Trafford outfit’s latest defeat at the hands of league leaders Arsenal served as a reminder that there is still a way to go for the club before they can truly contend at the summit, with recruitment ahead of next season set to be vital for Ten Hag and co.

The signing of Kane could well be that game-changing addition that United are in need of, with the £200k-per-week sensation a player who “improves any team in Europe“, according to club legend Gary Neville.

That is evidenced by the marksman’s rampant run of form over the last decade or so for the Lilywhites, having netted 265 goals in 414 games in all competitions, while he is also the joint-highest scorer in Three Lions history with 53 goals in just 80 caps.

The hope would be that bringing in such a proven, goalscoring asset from one of their Premier League rivals could prove just as fruitful as the previous capture of Robin van Persie, with the Dutchman having been snapped up from the Gunners on a £24m deal in 2012.

Like Kane, the now-retired ace was approaching 30 at the time of his move to the Theatre of Dreams, having also had just a year left on his deal at the Emirates after revealing his intention to move elsewhere.

After proving himself the main man for his former employers – with 132 goals and 58 assists in 278 games – the Rotterdam-born maestro was tasked with wrestling the title back from Manchester City for Sir Alex Ferguson, having even taken on the number 20 shirt to indicate his desire to clinch a 20th league triumph for the club.

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As it proved, that high-profile acquisition more than paid off as Van Persie delivered on his promise after netting 26 goals in the top flight alone to clinch the title, memorably wrapping up that success with a glorious hat-trick at home to Aston Villa in April 2013.

Although the former Feyenoord man would fail to maintain that form following Ferguson’s exit – scoring just 22 league goals across the next two campaigns combined – his signing proved more than worth it for that title success alone.

That move had showcased the benefit of bringing a Premier League-proven figure to Manchester, with the expectation now that Kane – who has been described as a “monster” by journalist Siavoush Fallahi – can enjoy a similar path to glory if he is to link up with Ten Hag later this year.