Man Utd urged to break the bank for Tottenham star with Ten Hag told why transfer could help them win Champions League

Manchester United have been told they should do everything in their power to sign a world-class Tottenham star who one expert believes can lift the club to the same level as Manchester City.

United manager Erik ten Hag is carefully planning the next phase of his rebuild with the January window open. United have come out of the target very quickly and brought in the former English goalkeeper Jack Butland from Crystal Palace.

But with funds likely to be tight after a huge £216m summer bash, Ten Hag will likely have to spend its money carefully.

In the wake of six straight wins, hopes are growing that United can enjoy a successful campaign. And with growing belief that a return to the Champions League could be on the cards, their financial resources will also improve.

Apart from that, Roy Keane insists he is yet to be convinced by Ten Hagwith the Irishman also going all out for one United star following a high-profile blunder.

To take United to the next level, Ten Hag has made clear his desire to strengthen his attack. And after the bitter departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Red Devils are one man light in their attack.

As a result, a number of high profile names are being linked, from Joao Felix, Marcus Thuram to Yousouffa Moukoko.

That said, Ten Hag may have to look at either a loan extension or even the bargain basement of cash, as things are likely to be tight now. For that purpose, Saturday’s Transfer Gossip claims a Louis van Gaal flop is targeting a return to Old Trafford.

Further down the line, though, Paul Merson insists the United hierarchy should target a deal for Harry Kane.

Man Utd urged to move for Harry Kane

The England captain’s deal at Tottenham expires in the summer of 2024, leaving Spurs in something of a battle over his future.

And while they are desperate to tie him down to a new deal, they could be forced to sell him if a deal is not agreed in the summer.

Demand for the 29-year-old is likely to be high, with Bayern Munich among his suitors. And while Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could demand upwards of £100m, Merson reckons his signature could transform United into challengers for Manchester City.

And in an excavation at TottenhamMerson claims Kane has no chance of ever winning anything with the Lilywhites.

“In an age where clubs spend money for fun and world-class centre-forwards are a rarity, I’d think it crazy if Manchester United didn’t break the bank for Harry Kane,” Merson wrote in his column for Daily Star.

“You can look around the world, rack your brains and gather all the scouts in your network and the answer is right in front of you. There is nobody who comes close to Kane who is available at the moment.

“If United ever want to catch Manchester City they have to go and sign Kane. Everyone wants a striker and is looking far and wide but the best centre-forward stares everyone in the face.

“He plays for a team in Tottenham that is going to win absolutely nothing. Surely, sooner or later his head will be turned by a move again.

“I don’t know what I’m missing here. Even if he costs £150m and it’s a four- or five-year contract, you’re buying over 100 goals. Who else is going to give it to you?”

Kane on par with Haaland

Merson reckons that with all the hype this season surrounding Erling Haaland, Kane can deliver a similar goalscoring return for Man Utd.

“Everyone talks about Erling Haaland, but for me Kane could deliver similar numbers in that Manchester City team and even add more assists.

“Even if he couldn’t match Haaland, he wouldn’t be far away. They create so many chances. If he signed for United and they finished in the top four this season, I would expect them to start winning things.”

Merson also believes the signing of Kane could prove to be the best signing Man Utd could ever make. And he reckons his presence in a United shirt can transform the club into Champions League glory.

It’s a trophy they last won in 2008. But he reckons the long wait could end if Kane signs on the dotted line.

“Call me silly, but Kane would even give United a chance of winning the Champions League in my opinion. He’s a machine. Tottenham are only where they are because of Harry Kane, it’s that simple really. He’s the difference. “

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