Manchester United are unlikely to sign Harry Kane this summer. Express Sport exclusively reported today that the Red Devils do not want to strike a swap deal for the Tottenham striker, who would likely cost nearly £150million, and are instead focusing on other targets. Here are five players who are likely to benefit from the transfer stance.
The 19-year-old will benefit from not having further competition for one of his positions and risks his already incredible development being stalled by the arrival of another striker.
Greenwood has already seen Jadon Sancho join United this summer, subject to a successful medical.
Sancho will likely be used in the wide right position, which has presented further competition for Greenwood in a role that he mostly played last season.
Greenwood appears to be slightly more comfortable in the centre forward position, though, and would ideally prefer to only compete with Cavani next season.
The teenager had a slow start to the previous campaign but scored six goals in his final eight matches.
Like Greenwood, Martial will benefit from not having the competition for the attacking roles made stronger.
The Frenchman was incidentally one of the players widely linked with a swap deal when United previously considered sending players to Spurs to lower the fee for Kane.
It was evidence that Martial is likely considered to be a player who boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be willing to sell if he needs to move out individuals to raise funds for an expensive transfer window.
The 25-year-old has not quite lived up to the expectations he set with his early performance for the Old Trafford outfit.
He scored a stunning solo debut goal against Liverpool in 2015 but netted just four times in the Premier League last term.
The arrival of Sancho has taken a large chunk out of United’s transfer budget and a move for Kane would likely completely deplete their kitty.
Solskjaer is desperate for a midfielder this summer and has targeted Rennes’ 18-year-old sensation Camavinga.
The Frenchman has just a year remaining on his contract with the Ligue 1 side and would therefore cost a lot less than Sancho.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano reported on Thursday that Camavinga could be available for as little as £25m and that United are actively pursuing a deal.
Sign Kane and the 20-times league champions might not have enough to fund a move for Camavinga. Given the teenager’s astronomical potential, it might even be a better deal than signing the 28-year-old.
In a similar situation to that of Camavinga, United will not be able to sign transfer target Rice from West Ham if they spend a huge fee on Kane.
The 22-year-old Rice has proved that he is capable of a step up in level with England at Euro 2020, where he will likely start Sunday’s final against Italy.
West Ham will likely want close to £80m for the midfielder and Hammers boss David Moyes has warned suitors, who also include Chelsea, that he plans to keep Rice ahead of the new season.
He helped West Ham qualify for the Europa League last season, alongside loanee Jesse Lingard who enjoyed a successful temporary stay away from United.
Lingard could be used as makeweight to fund a deal for Rice.
Try telling Fernandes that Harry Kane is arriving and that the England captain will be taking over penalty duties.
The ability of United’s tricky attackers to win spot-kicks and the Portuguese’s record of converting them have been genuinely important assets under Solskjaer.
Kane’s single-minded approach to scoring goals means that he would likely want to take penalties and Fernandes would be moved aside.
Fernandes scored 13 of his 28 goals across all competitions last season from the spot. The 26-year-old has netted a staggering 21 penalties for United and has missed just one.
Kane has taken 51 penalties in his senior career and has scored 43, although had his latest attempt denied. He converted the rebound after Kasper Schmeichel had saved his penalty to win England their Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark.