In Focus: Man United would need to pay more than £100m to get Harry Kane

According to reports in the Sunday Mirror, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants the club to launch a £100m to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, rather than target a move for former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Sunday Mirror says that despite the fact that Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Old Trafford after being accused of tax fraud, Mourinho would prefer to sign Kane instead.

The story says that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had been looking at a £100m-plus deal to bring the 32-year-old Real Madrid star back to England, but the Portuguese boss believes he will stay in Spain and would prefer to use the money on a deal for the Spurs star.

While the north London outfit certainly won’t welcome any others for their key man, the Sunday Mirror report adds than an offer of £100m would certainly give chairman Daniel Levy something to think about.

How well did Kane do last season?

He was – for the third successive season – quite brilliant.

The 23-year-old ended the campaign with an astonishing 35 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions, as well as providing a further seven assists, as he continues to establish himself as one of the best strikers in European football.

Kane won the Premier League Golden Boot too after scoring eight goals in the final three league games of the season – despite missing eight games throughout the campaign as well – and Mourinho will know that he could make a huge impact at Old Trafford as he looks for a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Would he be a good signing for United?

He certainly would be.

The England striker seems to have everything in his locker and can score any type of goal, and his signing could easily help the Red Devils be Premier League title contenders next term.

The fact that he is a leader – shown by the fact that he has already captained Tottenham and England at just 23 years of age – and shows a willingness to improve will have particularly impressed Mourinho.

Would Spurs really let him go?

While £100m is a lot of money and a world-record fee as it stands, it still might not be enough to prise Kane away.

Levy will know that Mauricio Pochettino wants to build his side around the Three Lions star and if he were to sell him the Argentine could easily choose to quit.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while there is no doubt that Mourinho would want Kane, even £100m would probably not be enough to convince Spurs to sell their talisman.