Ian Wright tells Man Utd to launch £60m players-plus-cash chase for ‘simple’ striker goal

Ian Wright tells Man Utd to launch £60m players-plus-cash chase for ‘simple’ striker goal

Ian Wright has told Manchester United he should make an offer of £60m more to Tottenham Hotspur for their striker Harry Kane.

The England striker initially looked set to leave Tottenham in 2021 as he wanted to join a club that regularly competes for trophies.

Man City were in the running to sign him but eventually withdrew their interest as Tottenham were demanding around £150m for their prized asset.

Kane subsequently verbally pledged his future to Spurs, but is yet to sign a new contract. His current contract will expire at the end of the 2023/24 season.

Spurs will no doubt be looking to maintain their academy product for the long term. He has been in tremendous form during this period, having scored 16 goals in 21 Premier League games.

There is talk of a move to Bayern Munich but Man Utd were also advised to sign the striker. The Red Devils are in need of a signing up front after Cristiano Ronaldo left the club late last year.

Man Utd moved quickly to sign a temporary replacement as Wout Weghorst was brought in on loan. He is vying for a place with Anthony Martial as Marcus Rashford has had surgery mainly on his hips this season.

Martial impressed when he played under Erik ten Hag this season, but the Frenchman has been in and out of the squad with injuries.

Wright thinks Man Utd would be wise to offer Martial to Tottenham as part of a cash-plus-player deal for Kane.

“If Man Utd arrived now, [for] Harry Kane with a year left, let’s say they put £60m on the table and we’re going to throw in someone, Martial, whatever… that’s a great deal,” Wright told Wrighty’s House.

“If Man Utd have seriously thought about what we need to do next, he’s a number 9. It seems like a no-brainer that Harry Kane is the person [they should sign]. It takes them somewhere else.

He added: “Spurs fans will be like ‘you know what, good luck Harry’.”

Man Utd were defeated 3-2 by Arsenal last weekend and Wright believes Eddie Nketiah was “a major difference” in that game.

“One of the main differences was Eddie Nketiah, a number 9. That’s what Manchester United didn’t have, because they had (Wout) Weghorst up there but he wasn’t a threat if we’re being totally honest, he wasn’t a threat.” Wright continued.

“When you look at the trajectory of Manchester United right now and where they are moving, you take Harry Kane for three years. United will definitely do something about it because right now they are not a million miles away.”

At the moment, Kane loves life at Tottenham and it was reported that he would be “willing” to extend his deal. Even if you imagine that Antonio Conte’s future could have an impact on his final decision.

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