Thursday 22 March 2018

Mourinho makes Kane his No 1 target

Harry Kane: top of Jose Mourinho’s wish-list. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
Harry Kane: top of Jose Mourinho’s wish-list. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Miguel Delaney

Jose Mourinho has identified Tottenham striker Harry Kane as his key signing at Manchester United this summer, if the Portuguese is confirmed as the next boss at Old Trafford, potentially setting up the transfer saga of the next window.

The 22-year-old has hit 53 goals in 93 matches for Spurs since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, and Mourinho is a huge fan of his intensity and pace, seeing those qualities as key to revitalising United from the front.

There is a growing expectation that the former Chelsea boss will replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in the close season, with Mourinho cryptically telling BT last week that he expects to be back in work by July, and he is known to be confident of the appointment.

It has previously been revealed that the 53-year-old coach has put together a forensic dossier outlining his detailed ideas for the United team should he get the job, and his transfer plans involve bringing in almost half a first team. Mourinho would want a mobile main striker, a fast right-winger, a commanding central midfielder and two defenders.

It is Kane who Mourinho wants above all, though, as he sees the manner in which the English striker marries such relentless running with a fine scoring rate as a potential key to his system.

If Mourinho does get the United job, his admiration for the striker could lead to one of the sagas of the summer.

Spurs consider Kane unsellable and chairman Daniel Levy has already proven an immensely tough negotiator in the market - especially for United, who have barely done any deals with the White Hart Lane hierarchy since fraught negotiations over the purchase of Dimitar Berbatov in 2008. That went above £30m but United would need to go well over £50m and probably nearer to £60m to even have the slightest chance of forcing a move.

Spurs are hugely confident that Kane wants to stay at White Hart Lane, however, as he is extremely excited by the progress made under manager Mauricio Pochettino, who he credits with taking his career to the next level.

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