Blow for Man Utd as Tottenham rule out selling Kane to a Prem rival, but he could still leave this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur have ruled out selling Harry Kane to a Premier League rival at the end of the season, according to reports.

Manchester United have recently been linked with a big-money move for the England international, while Bayern Munich could still potentially be in the race.

But, if Kane wants to stay in England, it seems he will have to remain with Spurs and continue his quest to become the Premier League’s all-time top scorer.

Overall, the 29-year-old has scored an incredible 267 goals in 416 appearances across all competitions for the London club, making him Tottenham’s all-time leading goal scorer ahead of Jimmy Greaves.

As mentioned, Kane is also closing in on becoming the Premier League’s record scorer, currently 60 goals behind Alan Shearer and just eight behind Wayne Rooney.

We all know how prolific he can be, so it’s unsurprising to see Manchester United interested in signing Kane.

The striker has also previously hinted at his desire to win trophies while he still can, and reportedly came close to joining Manchester City in 2021.

However, according to The TimesTottenham are now unwilling to sell Kane to any other Premier League club, as they don’t want a rival to benefit from him.

The goal machine will enter the final year of his contract in the summer, so that could represent Spurs’ last chance to recoup a sizeable transfer fee for his services.

But, given these latest developments, it seems that Bayern Munich is the only viable destination left for Kane.

The German giants lost their star man Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona last summer and that has had a big impact on them.

Bayern are currently top of the Bundesliga by one point, but have scored considerably less goals than they had at this point last season, so the absence of a quality centre-forward is clear to see.

So far, their manager Julian Nagelsmann has been relying on veteran attacker Thomas Muller to lead the line this season, but with the Germany legend now 33, they are reportedly looking for alternative options.

As a result, Kane may well end up making a switch to the Bundesliga champions in the summer, which would represent a great opportunity to win trophies.

As for Manchester United, they will now have to look elsewhere for a new striker, with Erik ten Hag putting Napoli’s Victor Osimhen at the top of his shortlist.

The Dutch coach brought in Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley until the end of the season, as a stop-gap solution to the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in November, but, United are keen to add another quality striker next summer to help them challenge for league titles once again.

Indeed, while Kane would have guaranteed goals and Premier League experience, Osimhen has scored a staggering 16 goals in 17 appearances for the Italian league leaders this season, so he would certainly represent an excellent alternative.

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