The signing of Harry Kane could turn Manchester United into Premier League title contenders next season. That is the opinion of Graeme Souness, who believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to go all out in their attempts to sign the Tottenham striker this summer.
Kane has caused a stir by telling Spurs he wants to leave the club this summer following a disappointing season which saw Jose Mourinho sacked last month.
The England striker has been left frustrated by Tottenham’s lack of progress this season, with the club sixth in the Premier League ahead of the final two rounds of fixtures.
He turns 28 in July and reportedly feels that the time is right to move on in search of the trophies he craves.
However, Kane is under contract with Tottenham for another three years and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has taken a firm stance over his future.
Tottenham do not want to lose their star striker, who has scored 27 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions this season, and do not want to sell to a Premier League rival.
Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly already made contact with Spurs to register their interest in Kane, while City are also in the market for a striker, with Sergio Aguero leaving the club next month.
Souness believes United cannot afford to pass up the opportunity to sign a player of Kane’s quality this summer – especially if that allows City to get him.
“I think, all in all, City are the team to beat [next season],” the former Liverpool player and manager said on Sky Sports.
“The worst case scenario for the rest of them [in the Premier League] is if they get Harry Kane or [Erling] Haaland this year.
“Harry Kane has now said he wants to leave. He’d be a fantastic signing for anyone that gets him.
“For Man United, if he was to go there, that alone could propel them into challenging for the Premier League.
“I personally think they need a centre-half and a different type of midfielder and an out-and-out centre-forward and there’s no one better than Harry.
“They’ll have the budget to do that, regardless of all the criticism the owners get.
“If City were to get him, you’d arguably give the title to them – barring any injuries – by the end of August. That would just make them untouchable.”
With two Premier League matches remaining, City have already secured their third Premier League title in the last four years.
United face Fulham at Old Trafford this evening before finishing their league season against Wolves on Sunday and playing Villarreal in the Europa League final on Wednesday in the Polish city of Gdansk.