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Diego Forlan believes Edinson Cavani would welcome Tottenham's Harry Kane at Manchester United

Edinson Cavani would welcome the arrival of Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane at Manchester United this summer despite the competition of the England skipper, according to ex-Old Trafford striker Diego Forlan – who is quoted by The Metro as saying he could combine with Kane.

Kane, 27, continues to be linked with the exit door at Tottenham this summer as Spurs continue to struggle in their search for silverware. It has been widely reported that he has made it clear to Daniel Levy that he is intent on leaving the North London club in the coming months.

The Spurs striker enjoyed a strong end to the season with the golden boot and playmaker awards – as did Cavani, who scored 16 goals in his first season with United. Cavani will remain at United until the summer of 2022, but it is widely believed that if Kane joins – Cavani drops to the bench.

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However, ex-United striker Forlan believes Cavani would welcome the striker at Old Trafford – and has even claimed the duo could combine: “He (Cavani) has been playing in Europe for so many years with competition – PSG, Napoli and also the national team. He likes competition.

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“Of course they can play alongside together, like they play (Luis) Suarez and Cavani together in the national team. I don’t think if one of them (Kane or Haaland) is going to come, if they have the opportunity to do it, then Cavani or the player who arrives to Old Trafford is going to be on the bench.”

TBR’s view – Cavani will drop to the bench if Kane joins

There is no way United will play two up top. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set up a blueprint at United that sees the likes of Marcus Rashford and Dan James play either side of number 10 Bruno Fernandes. That is United’s identity now – so starting two up top completely ruins that.

Will United sign Kane? Can they afford him? These questions will only be answered in the coming weeks – but realistically, it seems as though Spurs might price Kane out of a move right now.

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