Transfer Gossip: Man Utd to kickstart £80m talks for top Ten Hag target before season ends; Chelsea plot ruthless eight-man clear out
Manchester United are preparing to make their move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane before the summer transfer window even opens, while eight players are at risk of being let go of by Chelsea – all in Wednesday’s transfer gossip.
MAN UTD KICKSTART HARRY KANE PURSUIT
Harry Kane is the top target on the wishlist of Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag, according to a report – and the club are ready to do business with Tottenham ahead of schedule.
Ten Hag is looking for a new centre-forward to take over from Wout Weghorst next season. Weghorst has been a stop-gap solution while on loan from Burnley in the second half of the season.
To reach the next level – which the Carabao Cup winners look capable of – finding an upgrade at centre-forward will be important. With that in mind, Kane has been named as one of the main options on their shortlist of targets.
The England captain’s future at Tottenham is uncertain after the exit of Antonio Conte. There will only be one year remaining on Kane’s contract by the time the summer comes around.
Before committing to a new deal, he would have to consider if he will have a realistic chance of winning trophies with Tottenham, where he is the all-time leading goalscorer but is yet to get his hands on silverware.
Still in pursuit of the Premier League goalscoring record, though, it probably makes sense for Kane to stay within English football. Hence, Man Utd might well be the solution.
And according to the Daily Star, Man Utd are now ready to open talks with Tottenham about signing Kane before the season even ends.
Indeed, in the coming weeks, Man Utd could make an approach about a bid for Kane, who they think they can get for £80million.
Arnold sanctions Harry Kane bid
The club’s CEO, Richard Arnold, has been persuaded by Ten Hag to make a move for the 29-year-old. Indeed, Kane has risen to the top of the manager’s shortlist.
In years gone by, Tottenham have been tough to negotiate with when it comes to Kane. For example, in 2021, they stood firm when Manchester City were trying to take him.
Now it is Man Utd’s turn to test their resolve – and Spurs may be hearing from them sooner than they would have been expecting.
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The report also suggests Chelsea could make an offer to keep Kane elsewhere in the Premier League. Further afield, there is interest from La Liga outfit Barcelona and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
But the Daily Star has also concluded that Man Utd would be Kane’s first choice in terms of his next club. Therefore, there should be plenty of further developments to keep an eye on imminently.
CHELSEA IDENTIFY EIGHT PLAYERS TO GET RID OF
Chelsea need to trim their squad after spending heavily in each of the past two transfer windows and a report has identified eight players they are willing to move on from.
After focusing heavily on signings last summer and in January, Chelsea might have to pay more attention to player sales this time around. It would serve to balance the books and reduce their squad size.
There have been several predictions recently about who could make way. According to the latest from the Evening Standard, Chelsea want to offload eight players.
It would enable them to reduce their squad size from 33 players to the usual 25. In terms of who the casualties could be, the report refers to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount and Edouard Mendy.
Aubameyang has only been at Chelsea for one season, but was a signing for previous head coach Thomas Tuchel, and not Graham Potter.
He was linked with a departure already in the winter, as was the longer serving Ziyech, whose move to Paris Saint-Germain on loan fell through.
Similarly, Gallagher was already attracting interest in January, but opted to fight for his place. His efforts might not have had the desired effect, though.
Fellow academy graduate Loftus-Cheek probably needs to move on at this stage of his career too. Meanwhile, Mount may end up elsewhere in the Premier League after a lack of progress in contract negotiations.
Kovacic – now a Manchester City target – and Mendy are also going quiet on the idea of extending their deals at Stamford Bridge. Finally, Pulisic might be able to find more prominence elsewhere.
Hence, they all seem obvious candidates to leave Chelsea, even if there would be a hint of regret at losing some – particularly Mount, perhaps.
The England international is looking into potential moves to Liverpool, Man City or Man Utd. Staying at Chelsea is not yet ruled out, but a difficult decision might have to be made.
Beyond those eight exits, Chelsea might have to make more room in their squad, since they have other players they want to bring in.
LIVERPOOL FACE LE FEE COMPETITION
Liverpool are not the only admirers of Lorient midfielder Enzo Le Fee, an update has confirmed.
Le Fee has been suggested as a solution to Liverpool’s midfield woes in recent hours. He has already said in French media that he is ready for a new challenge away from Lorient.
It has led to links with Liverpool, Man Utd, Real Betis and Monaco. Now, an update from 90min has clarified the actual list of suitors for Le Fee.
Per the report, Liverpool are indeed admirers of the 23-year-old, as are Tottenham and Newcastle. Leicester, Fulham and Wolves have also all expressed interest in him.
There is no mention of Man Utd, Real Betis or Monaco in 90min‘s version of events yet.
Le Fee is out of contract with Lorient next summer, so the time seems right for them to cash in. Liverpool may be the ones hoping to benefit, but are by no means guaranteed to get things to pan out their way.
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