Bayern set to launch improved bid for 29-year-old Man United target

Bundesliga Champions set to test Tottenham’s resolve by submitting a second bid for Man United target Harry Kane

According to journalist Ben Jacobs, Bayern Munich are set to test Tottenham Hotspur’s resolve by submitting an improved £80 million bid for Manchester United target Harry Kane. However, Spurs remain firm in their stance to reject any bids for the player.

Kane is approaching the final year of his contract, and there are no signs of him agreeing to an extension at the moment.

Tottenham now face a decision regarding the English striker’s future. They must choose whether to sell the 29-year-old this summer or run the risk of losing him on a free transfer in 2024 if he maintains his stance on the contract.


Bayern Munich set to place a new £80m bid for Manchester United target Harry Kane (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich set to place a new £80m bid for Manchester United target Harry Kane (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite the growing uncertainty surrounding the 29-year-old’s future, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is maintaining a tough stance and is reluctant to sell the player to a Premier League rival, with reports suggesting Man United’s interest.

Kane, who has aspirations of breaking Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League scoring record, may be forced to remain at Spurs to pursue his goals if United withdraw their interest due to Levy’s firm negotiating tactics.

However, recent reports suggest that Kane is now open to a move to Bayern Munich, which could potentially offer him the opportunity to win a major team trophy, something he has long desired.

Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel has identified Kane as a top attacking target as the club seeks a permanent successor to Robert Lewandowski, who moved to Barcelona last year.

As stated by the Athletic (subscription required), the German giants placed an initial bid for Kane worth £70m plus add-ons.

However, Tottenham are still holding out for a transfer fee of at least £100m in order to allow their star striker to explore new opportunities. Hence, Bayern are hoping to test Spurs again by placing another improved bid.

Despite Spurs inconsistent performance last season, Kane stood out with 32 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions, including 30 goals in the Premier League.

However, Tottenham’s eighth-place finish means that the striker may not have the opportunity to play in any European competitions in the upcoming 2023-24 season.

It is yet to be seen whether Man United will match Bayern’s bid for Kane, as they have been long-time admirers of the England captain and are also in search of a striker for their own team.

Tottenham Hotspur chief Daniel Levy to play hardball for Manchester United target Harry Kane.(Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur chief Daniel Levy to play hardball for Manchester United target Harry Kane.(Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Kane engaged in discussions to extend his contract with Tottenham last year, the 29-year-old is now seeking a way out.

Tottenham chairman Levy is expected to be tough during the transfer negotiations, and United are operating under the assumption that Kane will not be sold this summer.

Levy is known to be more resistant to selling his striker to a Premier League rival than to a foreign club, although the reported offer from Bayern are still considerably lower than expected.

The mentioned asking price is a massive amount, which the Red Devils are unlikely to afford given Financial Fair Play regulations and the need to strengthen other areas of the team. Moreover, Erik ten Hag could potentially secure Kane’s services for free next year if he waits until his contract expires.


Manchester United could target 'cheaper alternative' in Atalanta's Rasmus Hojlund (Photo by JURE MAKOVEC/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United could target ‘cheaper alternative’ in Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund (Photo by JURE MAKOVEC/AFP via Getty Images)

In the meantime, Ten Hag could consider bringing in another quality striker at a lower cost. Talks have taken place with Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund, while players like Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani and Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos are also being monitored as potential options.

We still believe that it is possible that Levy’s decision to allow the English striker’s contract to run out could work in United’s favour next season.

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However, things look quite bleak this year, as there is a very slight chance of Levy having a change of heart. United should be keeping an eye on all possible targets for now.