Man Utd could now scrap Rasmus Hojlund transfer to sign a new Robin van Persie

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Despite having withdrawn their interest earlier in the summer due to Tottenham’s £100 million-plus valuation of the striker, Manchester United might still be able to get Harry Kane at a fair price. According to recent rumours, Spurs owner Joe Lewis has stated categorically that he has no desire to lose Kane to a free agent in 2024.

Two offers from Bayern Munich for Kane have been turned down; the most recent was reportedly for £70 million plus add-ons. Lewis, though, reportedly told Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that the center-forward leaving for free in a year is not an option.

Kane must sign a new deal for £400,000 per week by September 1 or Levy must sell him. Even though they are currently discussing a transfer for Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund, this could cause United to once again enter the picture for the England captain.

At the beginning of the window, Kane was Erik ten Hag’s main priority, but it is said that Spurs quoted them £110 million. The Red Devils are prepared to seize the opportunity after continuing to watch developments, should the north Londoners now lower their asking price should Kane decline to sign a new contract.

Hojlund would cost substantially less with United; the club had hoped to sign the 20-year-old Dane for $52 million (€60 million) to $56 million (€65 million). Kane, who will turn 30 soon, could essentially be compared to Robin van Persie, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Following Manchester City’s first Premier League championship in 2011–12, Van Persie moved to United. The Dutchman, who cost £30 million to acquire from Arsenal, scored 26 Premier League goals to lead United to their final league title under the great Ferguson. They finished 11 points ahead of City, the reigning champion.

Last season, Kane scored 30 goals for a struggling Spurs club. Since 2014–15, he has averaged 23 league goals per season. He is vying to surpass Alan Shearer as the most prolific Premier League scorer of all time, and he is just two seasons away from catching the Newcastle and Blackburn star.

Although Kane has shown a desire to go with Bayern, United may be able to convince him otherwise by giving him the chance to compete for championships and become the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer. The striker, who is already the top scorer in English history, had expressed interest in joining Manchester City two years prior.

Spurs, though, refused to accept less than £120 million, and City, despite being open to including players in a cash-plus-player proposal, would only go as high as £100 million. However, Spurs cannot hold their opponents to ransom without it backfiring on them because Kane’s contract expires next summer.

Having previously reached an understanding on the fundamental personal terms with Hojlund’s agents, United must now select a choice. The international from Denmark is less expensive and has a lot of promise, but Kane would be a world-class readymade No 9 – just as Van Persie was – to help them overtake City and Arsenal right away.

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