Monday 18 December 2017

Manchester United make bid for Harry Kane - reports

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Tottenham's Harry Kane shake hands before a friendly match last night
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Tottenham's Harry Kane shake hands before a friendly match last night

Manchester United have made an initial bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, according to the Daily Star.

Spurs turned down the approach for the 22-year-old, who they value at around £40m, and it is not clear whether United will return with an improved offer.

Kane enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2014-15, prompting a first England cap and interest from United, who have let go of forwards Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao this summer.

Manager Louis van Gaal even publicly told the Sun last week of his admiration for the youngster.

The Dutchman said: "I have seen, of course, many games where he has shown his qualities.

"I think he is a great player, a great talent."

Kane scored 31 goals in all competitions last season, and fittingly enough plays against United with Spurs on the opening day of the Premier League season on Saturday.

Barcelona winger Pedro meanwhile looks certain to arrive at Old Trafford after being offered a starting role by Van Gaal.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Pedro has been told he will play a key role alongside Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay in a new-look front three at United.

An official bid for the Spanish winger is expected to be lodged by United once Angel di Maria’s £44.3m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain is completed within the next 24 hours.

Barca manager Luis Enrique though is keen to keep Pedro, who has scored 98 goals in 318 games for the Catalans, at the Nou Camp.

“I want him to stay, “ Enrique said. “If there are changes, that will be down to the player.

"He's a fantastic, top-class player who won everything and showed for club and country what he can do.

“It's not nice to talk about negatives, I like to think things will work well. Maybe some players might leave, but right now, there's nothing to comment on.”

Finally, Di Maria is expected to formally complete his move to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday after completing his medical in Doha.

The winger said he was "very happy" to be leaving United and joining the Ligue 1 club.

PSG will pay around £44.3m for the Argentine, who cost United £59.7m last summer.

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