Jun 12, 2015

Report: Man Utd set to test Spurs’ resolve with ‘huge offer’ for 21-goal starlet

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Manchester United chief-executive Ed Woodward is determined to test Tottenham’s resolve to hold onto Harry Kane this summer with a £50million bid, as per the Daily Express.

Reports suggest that the 21-year-old striker has emerged as one of the Old Trafford outfit’s top transfer priorities following his impressive breakthrough campaign with Spurs, with the suggestion that Woodward is preparing a ‘huge offer’ to test the Lilywhite’s resolve.

Kane burst onto the scene with 21 league goals in 34 appearances for the north London club throughout the 2014/15 campaign. His impressive displays during this period also saw him crowned as the PFA Young Player of the Year – an accolade previously won by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and, more recently, Eden Hazard

With a bid on the horizon, it is important to note that the Red Devils have experienced success when negotiating with Tottenham in the past. Indeed, the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick all previously swapped White Hart Lane for Old Trafford.

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Comments to Report: Man Utd set to test Spurs’ resolve with ‘huge offer’ for 21-goal starlet

  • White Hart Lane “Airport” is bracing itself for more busy commuting of players checking out at the departure gate, with nervous supporters impatiently crowding the arrivals desk. And, of course, Chief Traffic Controller Mauricio Ponchettino having a somewhat indifferent day, re-routing players like Yannick Bolasie, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Giannelli Imbula etc. to alternate destinations.
    However, WHL Security had to be called in to break up a ridiculous fracas involving Manchester United chief Ed Woodward and Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy. The argument began over Woodward’s insistence that his Manchester club wanted to buy Tottenham’s leading scorer Harry Kane. Although no one was hurt, both men received superficial blows to their pride and suit sleeves were crumpled during the course of being restrained.

    Arguments aside, is this not a case of one mancunian club copying the other? Since 2009, when Sheikh Mansour took ownership of Manchester City, millions have been ploughed into the club, buying top quality players with a “money no object” mentality, in order to become Premier League Champions. No doubt, having seen the way in which Abramovich had transformed Chelsea since 2003, Manchester City followed suit in believing success has a price and can be bought.

    Now, Manchester United have decided that red is definitely better than blue, and that sure fire success, if you can afford to spend big enough, will be almost instantaneous. However, regardless of how expensive the player, first and foremost, players are human beings. They will suffer like everyone else in getting colds, migraines, aching joints, inflammations etc. Quality players are not genetically enhanced, simply flesh and blood. Cut them and they bleed. Additionally, irrespective of their price tag, all players are subject to periods of underperforming. One season they are brilliant, the next average. If you were Louis Van Gaal, you must ask yourself the question, “how much is enough?”

    Point in question, Harry Kane. Manchester United are willing to offer £50m plus on a player who has just completed his breakthrough season. Yes, £50m is a lot of money and Spurs could definitely buy sound reinforcements with that to embellish the team. But Louis Van Gaal has forgotten a rather old fashioned ideal called loyalty, which is what Harry Kane is commendably continuing to show for Spurs. An admiral quality for one so young, unlike Raheem Sterling. I cannot help but wonder what made Louis Van Gaal choose Manchester United over Spurs. It seems appropriate to point out that the test of any true manager is the ability to get results even with somewhat limited resources. Any manager, like LVG, can become a great manager, if you have access to an unlimited treasure chest.

    Harry Kane, and Spurs, are not about to trade loyalty for 30 pieces of silver. As for Louis Van Gaal, take away the money and what’s left? Desperation. Enjoy the trip back to Manchester and report to Ed Woodward’s study on arrival.

    Michael Mills June 12, 2015 1:05 pm