Pep Guardiola has ‘Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva on his radar’

Pep Guardiola has a ‘four-man striker shortlist this summer, with Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva on Manchester City boss’ radar’ to replace Sergio Aguero

  • Pep Guardiola is to be backed financially in this summer’s transfer window
  • The Manchester City boss has his eyes on Erling Haaland or Harry Kane up top
  • Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva are also strikers on Guardiola’s shortlist 
  • Guardiola’s biggest priority is replacing Sergio Aguero, who is leaving the club

Pep Guardiola is set to receive the support he needs from the Manchester City board to bring in more top players this summer and has a four-man shortlist for a new striker. 

Despite having the strongest squad in the Premier League, being crowned champions earlier this week and having a first Champions League final against Chelsea on 29 May, Guardiola is ready to bolster his options even further. 

City have made no secret that their top priority is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero. The 32-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season, and a successor of equal stature is required.

Pep Guardiola has a four-man shortlist for a new Manchester City striker in the transfer window

Erling Haaland (pictured) and Harry Kane have been strongly linked to Manchester City

Kane (pictured) has hinted that he may leave Tottenham this summer

Erling Haaland (left) and Harry Kane (right) have been strongly linked to Manchester City

Guardiola has been strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland, and England captain Harry Kane, who is increasingly thought to be considering leaving Tottenham this summer. 

Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva are also on Guardiola’s shortlist, according to The Times

The 25-year-old Silva has made a huge impression at Frankfurt this season, scoring 25 goals in 30 Bundesliga games and helping them to fifth in the league. 

Meanwhile Martinez, 23, has been a key part of Antonio Conte’s Serie A-winning squad, with 16 goals and eight assists in 36 league games.

Guardiola's biggest transfer priority this summer is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero

Guardiola’s biggest transfer priority this summer is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero

Lautaro Martinez (pictured) and Andre Silva are also on Guardiola's four-man striker shortlist

Silva has scored 25 goals in 30 Bundesliga games this season

Lautaro Martinez (left) and Andre Silva (right) are also on Guardiola’s four-man striker shortlist

Both of these options would be significantly cheaper than either Kane, whose Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is renowed for driving extremely hard bargains, or Haaland, who would command a package of £150million-plus to be prised away from Dortmund.

But the German club have a strong financial interest in selling Haaland this transfer window, as the 20-year-old’s contract contains a £65m release clause that can be activated next summer. 

Guardiola’s bargaining power would also increase should Dortmund fail to qualify for next’s season Champions League. 

Further along the squad, the Man City boss is also said to be a big fan of Jack Grealish, though Aston Villa are believed to want £80m for the playmaker, which according to The Times, is too much money for Guardiola. 

Guardiola is said to be a big fan of Aston Villa's Jack Grealish but doesn't want to spend £80m

Guardiola is said to be a big fan of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish but doesn’t want to spend £80m

Another position of perhaps greater significance is defensive midfield, with Guardiola possibly having to plan for life after 36-year-old stalwart Fernandinho. 

The Brazilian is yet to decide on a 12-month contract extension that City have offered him, and West Ham’s Declan Rice is being viewed as a potential replacement. 

Other players leaving the club include Eric Garcia, who is shaping to move to Barcelona on a free transfer, and Benjamin Mendy, who City are looking to sell after another poor season.    

Guardiola may also have to plan for life without 36-year-old defensive midfielder Fernandinho

Guardiola may also have to plan for life without 36-year-old defensive midfielder Fernandinho

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Dwight Yorke claims Edinson Cavani’s new deal will STOP Manchester United from winning the title

Dwight Yorke claims Edinson Cavani’s new deal will STOP Manchester United winning the Premier League title next season with ex-Red Devils striker fearing that veteran marksman’s renewal will prevent club from signing Harry Kane or Erling Haaland

  • Dwight Yorke says Edinson Cavani’s new deal could stop United winning the title 
  • The Uruguayan. 34, committed his future to Old Trafford after a strong season 
  • Cavani’s new deal has cast doubt over a big-money move for a new striker
  • Yorke believes not signing a new striker could ‘hamper’ United’s title hopes 

Dwight Yorke believes that Edinson Cavani’s new contract at Manchester United could prove a stumbling block to the Red Devils’ hopes of winning the Premier League title next season.

Cavani, 34, committed his future to Old Trafford this week, having hinted at an exit in the summer with the Uruguayan yearning for a return to South America. 

The former PSG marksman’s impact has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville, who believes that United will not enter the race for Erling Haaland or Harry Kane as a result of Cavani’s performances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Dwight Yorke believes that Edinson Cavani’s new deal could stop United winning the league

However, former United striker Yorke claims that Cavani’s commitment to United may ‘hamper’ the club’s tilt at the league title next season, having failed to be crowned English champions in eight years.

‘I dont think a lot of people expected Cavani to do as well as he has done, and I think Man United and Ole are delighted with what he’s contributed so far,’ Yorke told talkSPORT.

‘When you do well you should be rewarded, and he’s been rewarded with this new contract.

The Uruguayan veteran committed his future to United after yearning for South America

The Uruguayan veteran committed his future to United after yearning for South America

Cavani has made a good impact at United and has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville

Cavani has made a good impact at United and has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville

‘But my problem with it is, does it really hamper bringing in a younger version of a No.9?

‘It’s paramount we win the Premier League title next season, and is Cavani really going to take us over the line? That’s probably the one stumbling block.’

Yorke added that former team-mate Solskjaer has impressed in the United hot seat, but the expectation for next season will be to get the club ‘over the line’ and wrestle the title off local rivals Manchester City. 

However, former United striker Yorke says Cavani's new deal could 'hamper' their title hopes

However, former United striker Yorke says Cavani’s new deal could ‘hamper’ their title hopes

The Borussia Dortmund star is top of United's wishlist this summer

Harry Kane has been linked with a move away from Tottenham

United have been linked with big-money moves for Erling Haaland (L) and Harry Kane (R) 

‘Ole has been in that job for three years, he’s really cemented himself in that manager role now, he’s got the lads playing how Manchester United play, he’s got us to four semi-finals and now a final, so can he get us over the line and really step up? That’s the challenge he’s got,’ he added.

‘I hope the Cavani signing, although he’s been great for us, doesn’t hamper us getting in the players we need.

However, Cavani's new deal could dissuade United from pursuing a new No 9 this summer

However, Cavani’s new deal could dissuade United from pursuing a new No 9 this summer

‘I think we need another two players to really get us over the line in terms of challenging for the Premier League title next season.’

United are reportedly lining up another swoop for Jadon Sancho, having missed out on the Borussia Dortmund star during a prolonged transfer saga last summer. 

Mason Greenwood has thrived in the right of a front three, but United view the talented hotshot as a centre forward and Sancho’s arrival could see the youngster shifted into a central role. 

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Should Man United break the bank to sign Harry Kane or stick with Edinson Cavani?

Of the eight goals Manchester United scored in their Europa League semi-final against Roma, Edinson Cavani scored four of them and set up a further three.

The Uruguayan striker is enjoying a rich vein of form and it looks like the 34-year-old is tempted to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

But will a strike force that combines Cavani with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood be good enough to challenge for the top honours?

Edinson Cavani has been excellent for Manchester United in recent weeks as they have made it through to the final of the UEFA Europa League against Villarreal 

It increasingly looks as though Cavani will be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans next season

It increasingly looks as though Cavani will be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans next season

But the question remains over whether United need to splash out on a top-class striker such as England captain Harry Kane in order to compete for the major prizes

But the question remains over whether United need to splash out on a top-class striker such as England captain Harry Kane in order to compete for the major prizes 

There is an argument that in order to take the next step and compete properly in the Premier League title race and the Champions League, United must splash out on a world-class striker – and Harry Kane is top of the shopping list.

So do Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to go out and sign a new forward or does Cavani’s form suggest they have enough firepower as it is?

Sportsmail’s ADAM SHERGOLD and LUKE AUGUSTUS offer both sides of the argument. 

WHY UNITED MUST SIGN KANE

BY ADAM SHERGOLD

Edinson Cavani has proved a wonderful signing for Manchester United, the Uruguayan striker enjoying a shimmering Indian summer in his fine career.

But for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to take the next step and challenge for the major honours rather than merely the Europa League, big money needs to be spent on a new striker this summer.

That’s not to say that Cavani should be let go. A one-year contract extension should be offered to the 34-year-old if he wants it, a just reward for his 14 goals.

It would be an insult, however, to the tangible progress United have made under Solskjaer over the past 12 months if the Glazer family didn’t back him in the market.

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland is another striker set to be in serious demand this summer

Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is another striker set to be in serious demand this summer

Kane cuts a dejected figure as Tottenham lose out to Man City in the Carabao Cup final

Kane cuts a dejected figure as Tottenham lose out to Man City in the Carabao Cup final

United are a top quality centre forward and centre half away from giving Manchester City a real run for their money in next season’s Premier League and going deep in the Champions League.

And that forward needs to be either Harry Kane or Erling Haaland. Given the intense competition and inevitable bidding war for Haaland, you’d say Kane is the more likely option.

England’s captain has enjoyed another excellent season with 31 goals and 16 assists for Tottenham. He has added further strings to his bow by becoming a more rounded forward.

He is, at the age of 27, the complete centre forward and entering his prime. Yet he still doesn’t have a single piece of silverware to his name.

Spurs’ meek defeat to City in the Carabao Cup final must have confirmed to Kane that if he doesn’t agitate for a move away soon then he will never fulfil his ambitions in the game.

Kane must realise that in order to achieve his ambitions he must leave Tottenham soon

Kane must realise that in order to achieve his ambitions he must leave Tottenham soon

United can make a strong case to him. Solskjaer can argue to Kane that he will be the missing piece, their No 1 striker for the next five years with the service to score at least 30 times a season.

If United add a reliable 30-goal striker to their ranks, they will be in the mix for every trophy.

Fail to move for Kane now and stick with Cavani and Anthony Martial for another year and chances are United will completely lose out and set themselves back years.

As Rio Ferdinand said in the BT Sport studio on Thursday night: ‘I worry about what you do if you let Kane and Haaland go somewhere else.’

And as Paul Scholes added: ‘United are a club that need to sign a proper centre forward for the next five years. I’m talking a Kane or Haaland.

‘Cavani will slow down, fitness-wise, injury-wise (he) might not be great.’

Rio Ferdinand says United cannot miss the chance to secure a big name for the future

Paul Scholes admitted he does not see any of United's other current strikers becoming centre forwards

Rio Ferdinand (left) says United cannot miss the chance to secure a big name for the future while Paul Scholes does not see any of United’s other current forwards becoming strikers

Exactly. Yes, Daniel Levy will drive a hard bargain for Kane, asking upwards of £100million. But this is precisely what United’s endless commercialisation is for.

There’s also the potential factor of the Glazers trying to quell European Super League fan fury in the summer with a big-name capture.

But it’s also fundamentally about where United want to go. 

Are they content to plod along in the top four, getting within touching distance but not quite touching the silverware, as Pep Guardiola’s City create a Fergie-style dynasty of success with a Kane or Haaland banging in the goals?

Kane guarantees any team 30-plus goals per season and could take United to the next level

Kane guarantees any team 30-plus goals per season and could take United to the next level

Or do they want to go toe-to-toe for the title with City and Chelsea and Liverpool; compete for the Champions League with Bayern, Real and PSG?

When it comes to scoring goals, Kane is as close to a safe bet as it’s possible to get in football. He can take United to the next level. They must go all-out to sign him.

WHY UNITED SHOULD STICK WITH CAVANI

BY LUKE AUGUSTUS 

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side and both Manchester United and Edinson Cavani must remember this.

This unlikely partnership has blossomed into something special with the 34-year-old reinvigorated at Old Trafford and with the club benefitting tremendously from it.

There is no denying Harry Kane’s world-class abilities; he and Robert Lewandowski are the two best No 9s in the world.

However, with a reported £150million price-tag – and in a transfer market that is still reeling from the impact of coronavirus on club finances everywhere – United are arguably better off reinvesting that money on more glaring holes in the squad than Tottenham’s talisman.

Cavani delivered again for Manchester United with two sublime goals in Rome on Thursday

Cavani delivered again for Manchester United with two sublime goals in Rome on Thursday

The 34-year-old showed he is the main man up front and United's most natural goalscorer

The 34-year-old showed he is the main man up front and United’s most natural goalscorer

Just think about it for a second. Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for the Red Devils this season, as their eight across their Europa League semi-final two legs with Roma proved. It’s keeping them out that has cost them.

A centre back and a holding central midfielder player are two priority positions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this summer if they are to challenge Premier League champions-elect Manchester City next season as well as to fare better than the Champions League group stages.

The likes of Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde have been linked as potential centre-back signings this summer and they will cost north of £50m, while West Ham’s Declan Rice has a valuation of at least £70m if United are to try to make him their holding midfielder.

One of those centre backs plus Rice would result in a total of £120m. That’s a lot of money but would enable Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play a more expansive and possession-based brand of football. 

United should spent their money on a quality holding midfielder like West Ham's Declan Rice

United should spent their money on a quality holding midfielder like West Ham’s Declan Rice

Signing a new centre half such as Jules Kounde of Sevilla should be United's main priority

Signing a new centre half such as Jules Kounde of Sevilla should be United’s main priority

For example, he would likely feel more secure playing Paul Pogba as one of the two midfield pivots alongside Rice – which would therefore free up a space in the wide areas for someone else.

Former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves also believes United should keep Cavani and reinvest elsewhere on the squad.

Speaking in the BT Studio during punditry duty after United’s clash with Roma, Hargreaves outlined: ‘Every ex-Man United player or fan wants Harry Kane or Haaland but the money that will cost now in the climate is just not realistic.

‘I think Cavani has done a wonderful job. Get him to sign a new deal and obviously there are no transfer payments there. Obviously he’s on big wages. I think they can spend that Haaland, Kane money on potentially three other players.’

Owen Hargreaves feels United should give Cavani a new deal and spend big money elsewhere

Owen Hargreaves feels United should give Cavani a new deal and spend big money elsewhere

Cavani has scored 14 goals in 34 appearances for the club since making his debut in October and his influence on and off the pitch is unquestioned. So, why change that?

His movement off the ball is world class and he has given Solskjaer’s side a dimension they have lacked up front during his entire managerial reign there.

The Uruguayan has the approval of his team-mates, which is a clear indicator of his value to his peers too.

Speaking before the second leg against Roma, Bruno Fernandes told BT Sport: ‘The most important thing with Edi for me is not the movement he does or the goals he scores but the way he helps off the ball.

‘People like to see numbers so see how much he runs each game – he’s normally in the top three and he’s a striker!

Cavani has built an impressive understanding with Bruno Fernandes (right) at United

Cavani has built an impressive understanding with Bruno Fernandes (right) at United

‘You see how he helps us defending, you see when he or someone else loses the ball he tries to recover it straight away and press.

‘The mentality he has is passing to us and he has to keep passing it to us because he has the right mentality to be a champion and we have to learn from that.

‘Everyone can see his technical qualities because he made history everywhere else he’s played and nobody can delete history.’

Mason Greenwood is huge beneficiary in learning under Cavani’s tutelage. The way Cavani stuck up for him after a spat with Roma defenders on Thursday night was a joy to see.

Now United must put up a fight and keep their No 7 for next season too.

Cavani jumped in to defend his team-mate Mason Greenwood from Roma defenders

Cavani jumped in to defend his team-mate Mason Greenwood from Roma defenders

The Uruguayan was furious as Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini confronted Greenwood

The Uruguayan was furious as Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini confronted Greenwood

Harry Kane extends sponsorship of Leyton Orient into 2021-22, donating the shirt space to charities

Harry Kane extends sponsorship of Leyton Orient into 2021-22 season with the Spurs skipper set to donate the O’s shirt space to three charities

  • Harry Kane has been sponsoring Leyton Orient’s shirts for the 2020-21 season
  • The Tottenham striker donated the League Two club’s shirt space to charities 
  • Kane will continue backing the O’s into next season, including the women’s team 

Harry Kane has continued his ‘magic partnership’ with Leyton Orient by renewing his shirt sponsorship of the Sky Bet League Two club for the 2021-22 season.

The Tottenham forward, who spent time at the O’s during the infancy of his career, made the headlines last May when he bought the shirt sponsorship of his old loan club following approval from the Premier League, English Football League and Football Association.

Kane donated the sponsorship to three causes, with the home shirt donning a thank you message to the frontline heroes of the coronavirus pandemic, the away shirt showing Haven House Children’s Hospice’s logo and the third kit donated to mental health charity Mind.

Harry Kane is going to continue backing Leyton Orient with a sponsorship into 2020-21 

The Spurs skipper is paying for the current season's shirts, donating the sponsorship to charity

The Spurs skipper is paying for the current season’s shirts, donating the sponsorship to charity

Josh Stephens, head of commercial at Orient, said: ‘A huge thanks to Harry and his team at CK66 for their continual support not just to the club, but to the three charities too.

‘The 2020-21 season brought to life one of the biggest partnership stories of the year and we are tremendously thankful to Harry for making it possible. What started as an amazing gesture has turned into a truly magic partnership.’

Kane will again dedicate the front of the three shirts to great causes, while the women’s team will also be sponsored by the England captain.

Orient have announced the charity for their home shirt will be Tommy Club, which is run by Royal British Legion Industries and a new way for people to support the country’s most vulnerable Armed Forces Veterans.

The now England captain had a stint on-loan at the London club early in his stunning career

The now England captain had a stint on-loan at the London club early in his stunning career 

Last May the star striker revealed that he would be paying for the home, away and third kits

Last May the star striker revealed that he would be paying for the home, away and third kits 

Ten per cent of the proceeds from all shirt sales will be passed to the charities.

Steve Sherry, chief executive at Royal British Legion Industries, said: ‘Many of our country’s most vulnerable veterans need our support now more than ever.

‘And Harry’s and Leyton Orient’s support will have a genuinely life-changing effect on the brave men and women supported by Tommy Club. We simply cannot thank them enough.’ 

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Tottenham’s striker search continues as Carlos Vinicius is set to return to Benfica

Tottenham face ANOTHER striker conundrum in the summer transfer window as Harry Kane’s back-up Carlos Vinicius is likely to return to Benfica following an unsuccessful stint with the club

  • Carlos Vinicius joined Tottenham in October to provide back-up to Harry Kane
  • Spurs had the option of buying him for £36million when his loan spell ends
  • He’s struggled for game time and been left out of three of the last four squads 
  • He’s only scored one Premier League goal from nine appearances for the side
  • Vinicius was the Primeira Liga’s top scorer last season, netting 18 times 

Tottenham are braced for another transfer window of trying to find a willing and able striker back-up to Harry Kane, as Carlos Vinicius is set to return to Benfica when his loan spell ends.

The 26-year-old joined Spurs in October on a year-long loan deal with the option of buying him for £36million, and the club thought they’d finally found a protege for Harry Kane.

But the striker has failed to make an impact and, according to Sky Sports, the club will not be expecting to trigger that deal, and are looking elsewhere. 

Carlos Vinicius is set to return to Benfica after scoring one goal in nine league appearances

With 10 goals in 22 appearances for the club, the Brazilian’s goalscoring return hasn’t been too bad, but only one of them has come from nine league appearances. He’s been left out of three of the last four matchday squads, including the Carabao Cup final.

He will be welcomed back at Benfica, where he scored 18 goals in 32 appearances for the side last season on his way to being the league’s top scorer.

It’s believed that Tottenham’s recruiting plans haven’t been affected by Jose Mourinho’s departure, and the hunt for a new striker remains the priority.

To make matters worse, Harry Kane’s own future at the club remains uncertain after going another season without lifting a trophy.  

Vinicius (left) has struggled to provide adequate back-up for Harry Kane (right) in the league

Vinicius (left) has struggled to provide adequate back-up for Harry Kane (right) in the league

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Harry Kane gives biggest hint he wants to leave Tottenham as Man City and United monitor

Harry Kane gives his biggest hint he wants to leave Tottenham this summer as he says he wants ‘team trophies, winning the biggest prizes on offer… and we’re not doing that’ as Man City and Man United eye a move for him

  • Harry Kane has dropped the biggest hint yet he will leave Spurs this summer 
  • Kane won the Premier League player of the year at the London football awards 
  • After collecting the gong Kane spoke of a need to be winning team trophies 
  • In recent years Kane has missed out on the league cup and Champions League 

Harry Kane has showed the biggest sign yet that he is ready to walk away from Tottenham this summer, after stressing his need to be winning team trophies above personal honours.

Kane has spoke out this week in the aftermath of being crowned the Premier League player of the year at the London Football awards, and worryingly for Spurs fans he appears to have grown tired of constantly earning individual accolades but having no team medals to his name.

The striker is contracted to Spurs until the summer of 2024, but with Kane set to turn 28 in July, he is now reaching the crucial years of his career where he is at the very peak of his powers. Personal awards, he says, are becoming ‘bittersweet’ at this stage.

Harry Kane is celebrating his latest personal honour after winning the Premier League player of the year at the London Football awards, but has dropped a huge hint that is it time to leave

With both Manchester City and rivals United in the market for an elite level striker, Kane has chosen to speak out on his personal situation and admits he wants to be ‘winning the biggest prizes.’

Speaking after the London Football awards, Kane told the Evening Standard: ‘Individual awards are great, they are fantastic achievements.

‘When I look back at the end of my career, I will go over it and take in a little bit more. The goal right now as a player is to win team trophies. As much as this [award] is great, I want to be winning the biggest prizes that there is to offer as a team and we are not quite doing that.

Kane is still reeling from the Carabao Cup final after Spurs failed to end their trophy drought

Kane is still reeling from the Carabao Cup final after Spurs failed to end their trophy drought

‘It is one of those [situations], it is bittersweet. I would rather be winning team trophies and this award. It is what it is.’

Kane is dealing with his most recent final heartbreak, after missing out on the Carabao Cup to his potential suitors City.

Pep Guardiola’s side retained the trophy for the fourth campaign running, defeating Spurs in the final courtesy of a late Aymeric Laporte header.

It is the second time Kane has tasted defeat on the big stage, after having his hopes dashed by Liverpool in Madrid as Spurs defied the odds to reach the 2019 Champions League final.

Kane’s latest honour joins a steadily filling personal trophy cabinet, and the England captain admits he takes great pride in winning such prestigious awards, but points out that his career may end up feeling unfulfilled without club trophies. 

Kane added: ‘I am proud to win it. It means it has been a good season on the pitch, so I have just got to try and continue what I am doing. 

‘For sure, if I finish my career as Premier League top goalscorer and, hopefully, England top goalscorer, that’d be incredible — but it wouldn’t feel as good if I didn’t have a lot of team trophies to go with that. If I didn’t have the Premier League or a European Championships to go with that.

Kane missed out on the Champions League in 2019 and admits his career is lacking silverware

Kane missed out on the Champions League in 2019 and admits his career is lacking silverware

‘From an individual point of view, of course that’s the end goal, to try and score as many goals as possible and be at the top of those charts. But, for sure, without winning the biggest trophies as a team, it wouldn’t feel as good.’

City are currently said to be one of the teams leading the race to sign Kane, with Guardiola’s side in need of replacing club legend Sergio Aguero this summer who will leave following the expiration of his contract.

The Etihad giants have also been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, along with a host of other clubs including bitter rivals United.

It is widely expected that both Kane and Haaland could each arrive in Manchester this summer, playing for opposing sides. At the moment, however, it remains to be seen which player could be pulling on which shirt.

Sportsmail columnist Danny Muprhy outlined this week that both clubs need to make huge statements in the summer window, and will likely seek to sign an elite striker each in order to continue their fierce rivalry in the battle for England’s biggest trophies.

‘I think the desire from the two Manchester clubs will be to get to the next level, especially Man United. I think £100million [for Kane] from United or City is doable,’ Murphy told TalkSport.

‘I think Haaland will go to one of them and Kane will go to the other.’ 

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Danny Murphy tips Erling Haaland and Harry Kane to move to Manchester this summer

Danny Murphy tips Erling Haaland and Harry Kane to move to Manchester clubs this summer with one joining City and the other going to United as both strikers continue to be linked with big-money transfers

  • Danny Murphy believes Harry Kane and Erling Haaland will move to Manchester 
  • The two strikers have been linked with big-money transfers this summer
  • Murphy thinks one will end up at United with the other joining City 

Danny Murphy believes Erling Haaland and Harry Kane are both heading for big-money moves to Manchester this summer.

Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland and Tottenham frontman Kane have repeatedly been linked with big-money transfers away from their respective clubs this summer.

And Murphy thinks both forwards will make moves to the North West, but admitted he is not sure which of them will join City and who will head to United.

The pundit also believes Harry Kane will join the forward in the North West

Danny Murphy believes Erling Haaland (left) and Harry Kane (right) will both join Manchester clubs this summer

‘I think the desire from the two Manchester clubs will be to get to the next level, especially Man United. I think £100million [for Kane] from United or City is doable,’ Murphy told talkSPORT.

‘I think Haaland will go to one of them and Kane will go to the other.’

Spurs’ defeat in the Carabao Cup final by City has strengthened the possibility of him leaving north London this summer.

Murphy admitted he is not sure which of them will join City and who will head to United

The striker is yet to win a trophy with the club, despite scoring over 200 goals in all competitions.

Haaland is also a target for a number of European clubs with the 20-year-old having racked up 81 goals in the past two seasons.

Both Dortmund and Tottenham are desperate to keep hold of their star men, who remain under contract until 2024.

Murphy believes Kane could force through a transfer if he makes a big enough case to chairman Daniel Levy.

Kane has still not won a trophy with Tottenham despite scoring over 200 goals for the club

Kane has still not won a trophy with Tottenham despite scoring over 200 goals for the club

‘Depending on the mentality of the footballer, if Harry Kane goes hard enough to Daniel Levy, he’ll get his move,’ the pundit added.

However, former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordon said clubs may not be prepared to pay as much as £100m for Kane, who turns 28 this summer.

‘I would think Daniel would look towards £100m. I don’t think the market will lend itself to £100m,’ Jordon said.

‘I think the market would lend itself to £60m with add-ons, which will be of no interest.’ 

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Could the Carabao Cup final make or break Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham?

Tottenham have the chance to end a chaotic week on a high by winning their first trophy in 13 years when they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final. 

The build-up to the clash at Wembley has been dominated by talk of the controversial European Super League, which Spurs joined then left along with the rest of the ‘Big Six’, and the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho.

After a turbulent seven days in the football world, attention now turns back to matters on the pitch and, for Harry Kane, Sunday’s final is make or break. 

It’s make or break for Harry Kane as he looks to win his first trophy with Tottenham on Sunday

Despite Kane’s best efforts, with 219 goals to his name, he is still looking for his first trophy with his boyhood club. 

The striker, who turns 28 in July, is approaching a crossroads in his career as he weighs up his loyalty to Spurs and his desire to win silverware. 

He suffered heartbreak in the Champions League final in 2019 while Spurs collapsed in the title race against Leicester in 2016. If the club go another season without a trophy and fail to make the top four the striker will have a big decision to make after the Euros.

Sunday’s opponents Manchester City are one of the teams Kane has been linked with. Sergio Aguero will leave the Etihad in the summer and Pep Guardiola’s side are looking for a replacement.

A reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain has also been mooted but would prevent him from chasing down Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record.

It will be Kane’s former team-mate and academy graduate Ryan Mason leading Spurs out at Wembley, and for the rest of the season, but the club’s next managerial appointment will play a big role in deciding his future.

Kane faces Manchester City at Wembley, who have been linked with a move for this summer

Kane faces Manchester City at Wembley, who have been linked with a move for this summer

The striker is set to attract interest from other clubs at the end of the season

Pep Guardiola is looking for a replacement for Sergio Aguero

Pep Guardiola (right) could make a move for Kane as he looks to replace Sergio Aguero

A strong finish to the season and an exciting appointment could persuade the forward to remain in north London. Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers have both been linked with the role.

But former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is the bookies favourite while Jurgen Klinsmann has also refused to rule himself out of contention. 

Sarri was sacked by Juventus last year while Klinsmann left Hertha Berlin under a cloud after failing to take the USA to the World Cup in 2018. 

Several pundits have had their say on Kane and what his next steps should be, with many believing he should move on at the end of the season.

Roy Keane insisted the striker has to leave if he wants to win the big trophies. 

‘He’s a professional,’ the Irishman said on ITV last month. ‘If you’re a top player you want to win trophies. It’s a big few months coming up for Tottenham, the League Cup final, can they get in the top four? Huge question marks.

‘Will that influence him? He’s obviously under contract, Tottenham will have a lot to say about it.

Kane suffered heartbreak as Spurs lost the Champions League final against Liverpool in 2019

Kane suffered heartbreak as Spurs lost the Champions League final against Liverpool in 2019 

The striker has 219 goals for Tottenham and 164 in the Premier League as he chases Alan Shearer’s record

‘But if you’re in his shoes and it comes to the summer, I think the guy has to move on to really win the big prizes. He’s not going to do it at Tottenham.’

Graeme Souness suggested winning the Carabao Cup may not be enough to persuade Kane to stay and claimed there will be many big clubs desperate to sign him.

‘Even if they beat City, he might still want to think about leaving,’ he told Sky Sports in March. 

‘He turns 28 in the summer, and time is running out for Spurs to deliver collectively on what his individual efforts deserve. And those individual efforts have been world class.

‘Unlike some in the punditry profession, great is not a term I confer lightly on footballers but Kane has the right to be called that.

‘Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester City — he would walk into the starting line-up of any of those teams. The window of opportunity to do so while in his prime is not big.’

Kane’s former Spurs team-mate Jermain Defoe has also said that the striker may regret staying in north London for too long if he does not leave this summer.

Roy Keane believes Kane has to leave Spurs to win the big prizes

Graeme Souness has also said the striker should move on

Roy Keane (left) and Graeme Souness (right) have both said Kane should leave Spurs

‘If you’d have asked me this question a few years ago, I’d have said he should have stayed there, what he’s done at the football club – he’s a legend,’ he told talkSPORT.

‘Since I’ve come away from that and gone to Rangers, I’ve seen that mentality and played for another big club, the importance of playing for that club and winning every game, that mentality, the standards and demands.

‘You have to win and bring silverware, otherwise it’s not good enough. When you actually achieve that and the feeling you get from that, wow man. I wish I had that earlier on in my career.

‘If Harry Kane wants that and wants to win trophies then it looks like he has to go.

‘I don’t think it will be easy for him to leave and he might be looking at it and want to finish off being the highest goalscorer in the club’s history and see where that takes him.

‘He can hopefully win a few trophies, but if he’s really craving medals then he really has to go.’

Kane has three years left on his Spurs contract and the club are desperate to keep him, meaning any suitors would likely have to stump up fee of more than £100million. They will also be extremely reluctant to sell to a Premier League rival.

But the forward has not ruled out leaving and confirmed his future would be decided after the Euros.

‘I think that’s a hard question to answer right now,’ Kane said while on England duty in March.

The 28-year-old has not ruled out leaving north London at the end of the 2020-2021 season

The 28-year-old has not ruled out leaving north London at the end of the 2020-2021 season

‘I’m fully focussed on doing the job on the pitch from now until the end of the summer, and then we’ll see where we go from there.’ 

Back in March 2020, Kane also admitted he could leave the club if he didn’t think they were progressing. 

‘I’ve always said if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction then I’m not someone to just stay there for the sake of it. I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve, I want to get better.

‘It all depends on what happens with the team and if we progress as a team. It’s not a definite “yes, I’m gonna stay there forever” but it’s not a no either.’

It could all depend on the next four weeks and whether Tottenham finish the season with a trophy and European football or end up disappointed once again. 

Sunday will be Kane’s biggest game since the Champions League final two years ago and could shape the rest of his career.

Tottenham optimistic over Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of the Carabao Cup final with Manchester City

Tottenham optimistic over Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of the Carabao Cup final with Manchester City with decision on the Spurs star striker’s fitness to be taken on Sunday morning

  • Tottenham will decide if Harry Kane is fit for the Carabao Cup final on Sunday
  • The Spurs striker picked up ankle ligament damage at Everton last Friday night 
  • Kane had similar fitness worries ahead of the 2019 Champions League final loss
  • The 27-year-old may be risked in the starting line-up against Manchester City 

Tottenham are still sweating on the fitness of Harry Kane for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, with a decision to be taken on the morning on whether to risk him in the starting line-up.

But there is growing optimism Kane that he will be able to play, despite having damaged ankle ligaments last Friday against Everton.

The England captain will no doubt be cautious after his decision to start the Champions league final in 2019, when he came back from a more serious ankle injury after seven weeks out but looked short of fitness in the game.

Tottenham are sweating on Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final

Kane is a major doubt for the Wembley final after injuring his ankle at Everton last Friday

Kane is a major doubt for the Wembley final after injuring his ankle at Everton last Friday 

Against that, Kane has never won a major trophy and Spurs haven’t won a cup since 2008. 

He managed to complete running exercises on Friday and the ankle was unscathed in its first real test since the injury.

Meanwhile, the club are compiling a short list for to replace sacked manager Jose Mourinho for next season.

Kane took part in some running exercises on Friday in his first test back on his ankle in training

Kane took part in some running exercises on Friday in his first test back on his ankle in training

Favourite Julian Nagelsmann is likely to take over at Bayern Munich, which is said to be his preference over Spurs, though the RB Leipzig coach has sounded out contacts in the English game about the north London club and the experience of working with Daniel Levy.

That would leave Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers, former Juventus coach Max Allegri and former Liverpool and Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez among the candidates being considered. 

The plan however is to allow interim manager Ryan Mason continue until the end of the season. 

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