Manchester United set to break world transfer record with £100m move for Premier League star
Jose Mourinho wants to break the £100million transfer barrier to strengthen hid strike force this summer, but not to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
Reports emerged earlier this month that Ronaldo, 32, was keen to return to Old Trafford due to a perceived lack of support from Real over his tax probe from the Spanish authorities. President Florentino Perez is believed to have appeased his talisman since and the Portuguese is no longer looking to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Mourinho had also told United he did not want Ronaldo, instead focussing on a £60 million deal for his clubmate Alvaro Morata. But the United boss is clear on who he wants to partner the Spaniard, and is intent on pursuing him before the season starts in early August.
The Mirror says Harry Kane is in Mourinho’s sights, fresh from winning the Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 29 goals for Tottenham Hotspur last term. Luring him away from his boyhood club is seemingly impossible, but the Red Devils are keen to test the resolve of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, a notoriously tough negotiator, by launching a stunning £100million bid.
Now is not the first time United have shown interest in Kane, nor is it the first time they have attempted to strike a transfer deal with Levy. Success in signing Dimitar Berbatov in 2008 will give United confidence that they can strike a deal, but numerous failures to sign Gareth Bale from White Hart Lane will serve as a warning.
Persuading Kane to part with Spurs would also prove tough, with Mauricio Pochettino keen to build a team around the England hit man for years to come.
But United’s intent to sign at least one big-name striker is unsurprising after they released 28-goal top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer. Ibrahimovic was eligible for an extension to his one-year contract at Old Trafford, but after suffering from a serious knee injury, doubts over his ability to fully recover arose.
Club captain Wayne Rooney, 31, may also leave after seeing his first team opportunities significantly reduced under Mourinho last term. Moves to China and former club Everton have both been mooted.
Other names such as Antoine Griezmann, the man Kane beat to the Premier League top scorers’ award Romelu Lukaku and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have all been linked, but it appears the ‘Special One’ knows exactly who he wants to sign this summer.