Manchester United are reportedly exploring Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Juventus frontman Dusan Vlahovic as alternatives to Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane. The Red Devils are expected to launch a big-money move for a center-forward signing in the summer.
Kane, 29, has been at the top of Erik ten Hag’s wishlist, with the English striker in prolific form for Spurs. He has scored 22 goals in 38 games across competitions. However, Tottenham crashed out of the FA Cup and the Champions League last week. Their chances of winning silverware are slim to none, and a potential departure for their striker is touted. He has a year remaining on his contract.
However, Manchester United are wary of having to do business with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. The English businessman is renowned as a tough negotiator and might not be easily convinced to sell Kane to a Premier League rival.
According to ESPN, the Red Devils are weighing up other options in case Levy stands firm over Kane’s sale. They will almost certainly have to break the transfer record for a British player set by Manchester City after signing Jack Grealish for £100 million in 2021.
The first alternative to Kane is Napoli’s Osimhen. The 24-year-old Nigerian has enjoyed a brilliant campaign at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, scoring 21 goals in 27 games. Ten Hag reportedly wants a pacy striker to be signed and reports suggest that he’s leaning towards the Naples forward over Kane for that reason.
However, Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is just as difficult a negotiator as Levy. He said last month that Osimhen is not for sale when murmurs of a £107 million bid from Manchester United were being suggested.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are also considering a move for Juventus’ Vlahovic. The 23-year-old Serb has scored ten goals in 26 games this season. The Red Devils will be aided in a potential pursuit for the former Fiorentina forward, as Juve have been hit with a 15-point deduction.
The Old Lady’s chances of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League are diminishing. They’re seventh, trailing fourth-placed AC Milan by nine points. Transfermarkt value Vlahovic at €80 million, and he will likely be the cheapest option of the three forwards on the Red Devils’ radar.
Tottenham’s Kane’s past comments about wanting to win trophies resurface amid Manchester United link
Kane’s future at Tottenham has been one of intrigue for many years as his club continues to struggle to win trophies. The England captain was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in 2021. Cityzens boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that they had four bids rejected by Spurs at the time.
The English frontman admitted during that period of speculation that he wanted to end his career with silverware. He told Gary Neville’s The Overlap:
“My aim is to be winning trophies season in season out, scoring 50, 60 or 70 goals season in season out. That’s the standard I want to set myself.”
Tottenham last won a trophy in 2008, while Manchester United won the Carabao Cup last month after six years without silverware. Kane’s decision over whether to stay with the north London side or depart likely rests on his eagerness to join a club capable of winning trophies.