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Manchester United transfer news: 'Reds make direct contact over €50m deal for Harry Kane'

Published 05/07/2015 | 15:16

Manchester United are interested in Harry Kane
Manchester United are interested in Harry Kane

Manchester United are said to have made "direct contact" with Tottenham over a £40m move for striker Harry Kane.

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United have identified the England international as the long-term successor to Wayne Rooney and have "opened talks" with the north London club, according to the Sun.

It is claimed that the Old Trafford club want an English icon to lead the line for United for the next 10 years and be the ideal replacement for Rooney who turns 30 in October.

Rooney has added his support to Louis Van Gaal's pursuit of the 21-year-old but Spurs are adamant that Kane is going nowhere.

United are desperate for a striker after rejecting the chance to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal, allowing Javier Hernandez to leave and with Robin van Persie nearing the exit door.

Van Persie looks set to join Fenerbahce, leaving United seriously short of forwards.

Kane remains United's top target with the striker scoring 31 goals in all competitions last season.

Spurs do have previous in selling their star-names to United with Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick making the switch from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford in the past.

United have also been keeping tabs on Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but the Frenchman has been urged not to make the move up north.

According to former France manager Raymond Domenech, who gave Lloris his international debut in 2008. the keeper should not join United as they are "not a big club".

"I have no decision to take for him, but in my opinion he has to play in Chelsea, Arsenal, or Manchester City, to play in the European Cup," Domenech said.

"Tottenham is a big club – it is not the biggest. Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, but I can't see really the difference with Tottenham.

"For me, it's Chelsea, Arsenal, or Manchester City. Because I think Manchester United is no more a big club, in England, for me. I think like that.

"I think Arsenal will be every time a big club, Chelsea also – City is becoming a big club – but I think United is with Tottenham, with the other clubs. Not one of the biggest clubs, so there's no difference.

"For me, he's a great goalkeeper so he needs to be in the best English club, or French, or Italian, or German," he added.

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Bayern Munich, meanwhile, are said to be interested in making a bid for United's British record signing Angel Di Maria.

The winger has failed to settle to life in Manchester and looks increasingly likely to move on this summer if a big offer comes in for the Argentine.

PSG and Barcelona have both been linked with the creative midfielder but both could face competition from German champions Bayern.

German newspaper Bild report that Pep Guardiola is keeping an eye on Di Maria's situation at United and are weighing up whether to launch a big-money bid.

With Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery into the latter stages of their careers, Di Maria could be the fresh legs they require to add to the arrival of Douglas Costa.

Finally, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio believes United have made a €15m (£10.7m) bid to sign Torino's right-back Matteo Darmian.

Despite interest from Barcelona, United are front-runners to sign the Italy international as they look to fill their problematic right-back slot.

Having tried Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Rafael and Antonio Valencia in that slot last season, they are looking for a proven full-back to make the position his own.

Darmian fits the bill as, at 25-years-old, he is hitting the peak age for a defender and is currently one of the best right-backs in Serie A.

Telegraph.co.uk

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