Ed Woodward relishing Daniel Levy showdown for Harry Kane
According to the Evening Standard, Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is keen on locking horns with Tottenham Hotspur chief Daniel Levy over the potential signing of Harry Kane this summer.
United have been long-term admirers of the prolific striker and could go back in for him in the summer.
Tottenham, however, are keen to keep hold of their star man as Jose Mourinho plans to rebuild the side around him.
United are short of strikers following the sale of Romelu Lukaku in the summer. The club did themselves no favour by also loaning out Alexis Sanchez without replacing either player.
The Red Devils were put in a tough spot following the injury to Marcus Rashford. With a striker a priority, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer actively pursued Erling Haaland, only to settle for Odion Igahalo.
The Nigerian has proved to be an astute signing but is never a long-term solution. Kane, however, is someone who can offer more quality, as evident from his Premier League goalscoring record. According to the report, Tottenham are unwilling to let the player go.
Levy is known to be a tough negotiator. United backed off from pursuing a deal for Luka Modric when the Croatian was at Spurs because Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t keen on negotiating with the Tottenham boss.
Woodward, however, has other ideas and fancies himself to get the deal done. The United chief executive has had flirtations with Spurs earlier, having had considered bringing Mauricio Pochettino and Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.
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Kane is a prolific striker and one of Tottenham’s best players of the Premier League era. He has a contract at Spurs till 2024.
The English captain has 181 goals and 30 assists in 278 appearances for Spurs. He is currently third in the Tottenham Hotspur all-time goalscorers list behind Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Smith.
There is no doubt he will be a blockbuster signing for us but it remains to be seen if Woodward can walk his talk.