United had a serious interest in bringing the England captain to Old Trafford this summer. However, they believed the price was too high and chose not to engage in further negotiations with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Attention was then focused on signing the 20-year-old attacker Rasmus Hojlund, who was prised from Atalanta for an eye-watering £72million fee. Hojlund is not fit to make his United debut against Wolves on Monday but Ten Hag has opened up on the process of deciding between Kane and the Dane.
Asked about United’s decision to not sign Kane, the Red Devils head coach said: “First of all, we have chosen a striker and we are really happy with our choice. Kane is a great striker, [that’s] clear, a goal-maker and apart from that he has all the conditions and abilities what you want to see in a striker. It’s a miss for the Premier League, absolutely.
“We want to challenge and play the best. I don’t think that I have to go into that discussion [about why United didn’t sign Kane] or give an opinion about that.
“We are professional, the processes we do are really careful, we consider a lot of things but finally we make decisions, not overnight, we study every decision behind, we are happy with the squad we have behind us now.”
United announced that Hojlund is suffering from a pre-existing injury when they confirmed his arrival from Atalanta. The centre-forward scored 16 goals in all competitions last season, although only nine came in Serie A.
“So as we said previously, he had a small issue and he’s not on the levels where our players are in this moment so we have to train him,” Ten Hag confirmed on Friday. “Prognosis [is] difficult always to say. We are confident and we are positive.”
Meanwhile, Kane is reportedly waiting for Spurs to give him permission to travel to Germany to complete his move to Bayern. According to the Independent, Spurs are still negotiating what the exact figures involved in the transfer fee will look like.
It was claimed on Thursday night that the Premier League outfit had accepted a bid in the region of £86m. However, there remains uncertainty over whether the deal will happen before Spurs kick off their top-flight campaign against Brentford on Saturday.