Manchester United drop out of Harry Kane transfer race for two reasons

Manchester United have opted not to pursue a move for England captain Harry Kane because of their purchase of Jadon Sancho and the difficulty of dealing with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

The Red Devils were alerted to Kane’s situation in May when he gave a reveal-all interview with Gary Neville in which he intimated his desire to leave the club.

United have long admired Kane and they are understandably fearful that the England skipper could join one of their key rivals, where he would surely make the club the favourites for the Premier League.

However, the Athletic claim that United are not willing to challenge their rivals for Kane’s signature for two reasons.

First, United are set to announce the arrival of Jadon Sancho in the next 48 hours after the Dortmund winger completed a medical at the club on Tuesday.

United have splashed out £73m on signing the England playmaker and there’s little left in the budget for a transfer as sizeable as Kane – who is valued at £150m by Tottenham.

The club would have to offload a number of players in order to raise the cash for Kane and that would mean discarding of the likes of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and potentially Paul Pogba – all of which would require buyers.

The second reason is United’s difficult history with Levy. The Spurs chairman is a famously hard negotiator and United have had their fingers burnt in the past with their dealings with Levy.

Levy extracted a then-club record fee of £30.75m for Dimitar Berbatov in 2009 and only allowed the Bulgarian to join United on deadline day after a summer of long talks.

In 2012, United found Levy in uncompromising mood in talks for Luka Modric, while a year later they made little progress in a move for Gareth Bale.

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