Despite the player’s insistences that he won’t be leaving Tottenham Hotspur this summer, Manchester United continue to be linked with striker superstar Harry Kane.
The Sunday Mirror today report that England colleague Wayne Rooney has been urging his club boss Louis van Gaal to sign the Spurs ace, with the need for a heavyweight focal point for the frontline seen as a shopping essential for the Red Devils this summer.
After scoring 21 Premier League goals last term, it’s clear for all to see why Kane represents an attractive proposition for a club in Man Utd’s position, but he’s not the right number nine for them.
It’s Romelu Lukaku who United – 4/1 to win the title next season – should be pursuing.
After just one season as a permanent member of the Everton set up, the Belgian bulldozer has already started making noises suggesting he’s too big for the boots he wears on Merseyside, with joining a Champions League club a short-term goal for the 22-year-old.
The Toffees were expected to mount a more serious challenge for a top-four finish last time around after coming so close to landing one the year prior, but a drastic change in fortunes saw them fail to finish in the top-half.
Lukaku’s dip in form was seen as a chief factor behind this decline, but he still managed to hit double figures in the league, while he scored a tough-to-slight 20 across all competitions.
The league numbers mean it’s now three successive campaigns in which the former Chelsea man has bagged at least ten in the top-tier, an extremely laudable feat that is certainly befitting of a striker who warrants a place in the side of one of the division’s elite.
As impressive as Kane undoubtedly was last time around, it remains the only season in which he has scored regularly.
In his defence, it’s also the only season in which he has played regularly too, but it remains to be seen whether he can maintain the lofty standings he set throughout his career.
Given Spurs’ notoriously nifty negotiation skills, Kane is sure to cost United north of £40m, which is a significant amount of money for someone who, to a certain extent, remains unproven.
While Lukaku wouldn’t come cheap either, it’s difficult to envisage his market value being too much higher than the £28m Everton paid for him 12 months ago.
Similarly, United have an excellent track record when cherry-picking the Goodison Park fan favourites, with Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini two marquee buys to make the switch and succeed.
Lukaku boasts many of the same qualities as Kane, while he has experience of playing at a higher level and consistently delivering in the Premier League, making him a far more valuable commodity than the Lilywhites hero.