Joel Glazer’s opinion on Anthony Martial drops hint at Harry Kane to Man Utd swap chances
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Joel Glazer’s opinion of Manchester United forward Anthony Martial may be a hint at the chances of the Frenchman being used as a makeweight in a deal for Tottenham striker Harry Kane. United want to sign Kane this summer after the England captain told Spurs he wants to leave at the end of the season. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants up to £150million for his prized asset.
The current financial climate makes a deal of that magnitude difficult for any club.
Using players in part-exchange could be a way around a move for Kane.
Tottenham have held a long-standing interest in Martial, who has not played since March due to injury.
However, Glazer may not want to see the 25-year-old leave Old Trafford.
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That is because, according to The Athletic, Martial is a ‘favourite’ of the co-owner.
Martial scored just seven goals for United in 36 appearances before the knee ligament injury which ruled him out of the remainder of the campaign.
In contrast, Kane has scored 32 goals in all competitions this term for Spurs and is level with Mohamed Salah on 22 in the race for the Golden Boot.
Martial’s contract at United runs until 2024, with the option of a further year.
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The arrival of Kane would potentially affect his game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mason Greenwood has shone since Martial suffered his injury and Marcus Rashford is a shoo-in.
Edinson Cavani is ending the campaign on a high and would be ahead of Martial in the pecking order if Kane joined.
Meanwhile, European football expert Julien Laurens has talked up the possibility of a potential players-plus-cash deal which would see Kane join Manchester City.
Laurens reckons City’s Gabriel Jesus and Nathan Ake could be attractive to Spurs.
“If you want to find a way of making that deal happen, there are other ways,” Laurens told ESPN FC.
“We spoke the other day when the story broke about how much it would cost you if you just think about the cash, and it could be £120million, £150m. It’s a lot of money.
“However, if you include a player in that transaction, let’s say Gabriel Jesus or Nathan Ake, which is two positions, striker and centre-back, that Spurs need the most, especially if Kane goes, then you’re looking at ‘okay, we can give you £60m plus Ake, plus Gabriel Jesus’.
“There may be a way of doing the deal like this and Spurs will also be happy with what they get.”
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