The time has probably arrived for Harry Kane's much-awaited switch to Manchester United. For most of last week, his move to Old Trafford has been one of the most talked-about topics in the Premier League transfer market, with the intensity of those discussions much higher than during previous transfer windows.
In many ways, the move is a win-win situation for all parties involved. Manchester United have struggled due to the lack of a quality striker since the last few seasons. They have bolstered most of their other areas with the acquisition of players like Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in defence and Bruno Fernandes in the midfield, but the lack of a proper finisher up top still haunts them.
Kane, who scored 17 goals across all competitions during the 2019/20 season until the COVID-19 pandemic brought the sporting world to a standstill, is a two-time golden boot winner in the Premier League as well. He racked up over 20 goals for four consecutive seasons between 2014/15 and 2017/18 and had 17 goals along with six assists to his name in the 2018/19 season as well. In total, the 26-year-old has gobbled up 108 goals in the Premier League alone and yet, a title has always eluded him at Tottenham Hotspur.
So, at this point of his career, a switch to play for the Red Devils makes a lot of sense for Kane. They have the history of winning titles and the prolific striker has every right to play for a club with such rich legacy.
Harry Kane and Man United at similar juncture
That said, the move doesn't necessarily guarantee a title for him and Manchester United but they are in similar rebuilding phases at the moment. The Red Devils have made quite a good team with the resources they have acquired of late and Kane looks to be the last piece of their jigsaw and will increase the club's chances of restoring their lost glory once again.
While this move seems like it might work out quite well for Kane and United, Tottenham won't be left on the losing side either. The Spurs can actually afford to quote a fortune to release their star striker, considering the way both Kane and United are interested in each other. The amount of money they would get from this trade is going to be enormous and Jose Mourinho can completely revamp the squad with the sum received.
However, in all honesty, the Spurs are an average side at best at the moment. None of the other players even come close to matching Kane's level and quality as a player. So, the money from his trade can be used to bolster their squad in a massive way. Kane's transfer sum would probably allow Mourinho to bring two or even three young and promising talents to the club, who can fulfil the club’s dreams of a Premier League title in the future.
With such a win-win on the cards for all three parties involved, they should go ahead with this deal with their eyes closed. There's something for everyone in this trade and all of them should look to make use of it in the best possible way.
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