In a season in which he has savoured unprecedented levels of success, Tottenham sensation Harry Kane has been surprisingly short of suitors mooted by those required to populate the back pages.
The idea that Real Madrid were keeping tabs on the 21-year-old was tentatively floated in the red tops in when mid-winter was at its bleakest, but, it would seem at long last, there is a credible suggestion that the England international does have some admirers existing beyond the confines of White Hart Lane.
A source as esteemed at The Times are today reporting Kane is on Manchester United’s summer shortlist, with the Red Devils valuing him at £40m.
Such news runs in tandem with boss Mauricio Pochettino’s revelation that ‘nobody is sure they are staying at the club’ this summer.
If Man Utd’s interest is concrete, it’s a move – rated at 11/1 by bwin to be realised – the player has to make if he wants to cast his status as nation-saving goalscoring superstar in iron.
The Red Devils have a rich history of harvesting the best attacking talents from domestic rivals, almost all of which have gone on to be unmitigated successes at Old Trafford.
Furore ensued when Cole swapped Newcastle for Man Utd in a British transfer record-breaking 1995 switch.
The hassle proved worthwhile, with Cole spending six full campaigns with the Red Devils, winning five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League while notching 121 goals in 275 appearances across all competitions in the process.
Prised away from Aston Villa to form a legendary partnership with the man preceding him on this page, Yorke managed four seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson’s guidance, winning three successive top-tier crowns in his first three years at the club and one Premier League Player of the Year award.
The current captain of club and country, Rooney was procured from Everton as a teenager for £27m.
Ten years on from this transfer, he is rapidly approaching the 500-appearance and 250-goal milestones for Man Utd.
The Argentine’s debut season coincided with United winning their second Champions League, which he augmented with two Premier League titles, a League Cup and a FIFA World Club Cup.
Shared the Premier League top-scorer award in 2010/11, the season he won a second English title after a £30m transfer from Kane’s current employers Spurs.
He may not have been the biggest success, but managed to score an historic, stoppage-time winner in the Red Devils’ 4-3 derby success of Manchester City, as well as pocketing a couple of mandatory domestic trophies too.
Robin van Persie
After years of toiling to achieve the feat at Arsenal with no rewards reaped, Van Persie got his hands on the Premier League trophy after one season at Old Trafford.
The 26 goals he fired to see a second Golden Boot snaffled enabled the club to overthrow Man City from the seat of power in the English game.