Solskjaer’s Kane verdict as Man Utd ‘make contact’ with wantaway striker

Manchester United have been placed on red-alert after Tottenham striker Harry Kane reportedly told club bosses he wants to leave this summer.

Sky Sports have claimed that the England captain has reaffirmed his desire to move on at the end of the current campaign, with Spurs likely to miss out on the Champions League again.

It has been suggested that chairman Daniel Levy does not want to sell the club’s most prized asset, but they are making provisional plans for his departure.

Kane’s representatives CK66 have been in contact with a number of Premier League rivals, with United, Chelsea and Manchester City all interested in acquiring him.

His preference is believed to be to remain in the Premier League and have his long-term future resolved before England’s European Championships campaign kicks off next month.

United in particular, have been linked with the 27-year-old for a number of seasons and could now finally have an opportunity to sign him.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have recently confirmed the contract extension of Edinson Cavani, who will now stay beyond the end of this season.

But there is still a glaring hole in terms of their striking options long-term, with his other forwards seemingly more suited to being out wide.

Solskjaer has previously described Kane as “one of the best centre forwards in Europe”, hinting he would be more than happy to splash the cash on his signing.

"When you're playing against one of the best centre forwards in European football, of course it’s something that we prepare for," Solskjaer said earlier this season.

"I think every team when they play Tottenham or England, you know Harry Kane's qualities.

"But we prepare the defenders for every single opponent. The season that Son and Kane have had, their relationship is one of Tottenham's strengths and they have other quality players we have to be aware of."

Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand recently urged his old side to not let the opportunity to sign a player like Kane pass them by, just because Cavani extended his stay.

“The only thing I worry about is that if [Erling] Haaland or Kane go somewhere else, it’s only one season you get Cavani for one year,” he explained last week.

“What happens in the year after that, if you allow them to go somewhere else?

“As much as I love Cavani, if you’ve got the finances to keep Cavani there still and get one of them, you’ve got like the old days. Two players vying for the same position that you can bring in and out and you can rest people.”

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