Harry Kane to join Bayern and Man Utd to screw up striker pursuit: F365’s transfer window predictions

Jason Soutar
Harry Kane, Erik ten Hag and Kylian Mbappe.
Harry Kane, Erik ten Hag and Kylian Mbappe.

The 2023 summer transfer window is in full swing.

We have seen some surprises already, such as Arsenal actually being ruthless in negotiations to sign Declan Rice for over £100million and Manchester United spending half their transfer budget on a midfielder when they need a goalkeeper and striker a whole lot more.

There is a long way to go and we expect there will be some more surprises along the way. Here are six predictions for the fun of it.

 

Harry Kane to join Bayern Munich
Now, this one is the least likely as it relies on Daniel Levy not being a stubborn sod. Coming from someone with no experience running a business, let alone a football club, it feels like Harry Kane needs to be sold by Tottenham this summer. Perhaps that is Levy’s plan, to pretend to be completely uninterested in negotiating only to eventually receive the highest fee possible. That would be so Levy.

A move to Bayern Munich makes a lot of sense for everyone involved. Kane can go and win a few trophies to get that monkey off his back, Levy can get a large fee for someone who will leave for nothing in 2024 if he is not sold this summer, and Bayern can finally replace Robert Lewandowski. Not signing a new No. 9 last year made the Bundesliga title race a lot tighter than it should have been and ensured Bayern’s Champions League tie against Manchester City was barely competitive.

The only thing holding Kane back should be the fact he has a growing family who would need to pack up and move to a different country for two or three years. Sod the Premier League record, the England captain needs a trophy. He can come back later to become Our League’s top scorer with whoever he pleases.

Kane will sign a two or three-year contract, win the Bundesliga every season he spends in Germany, claim one or two DFB Pokals and a Champions League, then come back to England and surpass Alan Shearer as the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer while wearing a Manchester United jersey.

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Kylian Mbappe to stay at Paris Saint-Germain and announce Real Madrid agreement on January 1
Everyone knows Kylian Mbappe will play for Real Madrid after Paris Saint-Germain. That isn’t even a prediction at this point, it is going to happen.

Whether it materialises in the next month or so, in January, or next summer, his departure from the French capital is not going down well. Le Parisien reported this week that PSG are aiming to ‘use all possible pressure methods that would ruin Kylian Mbappe’s life and force him out’. Lovely.

PSG are not going to sell Mbappe for less than £150million so a transfer this summer is extremely unlikely. Other clubs will try to reach a pre-contract agreement with the French forward, but only one will prevail: Real Madrid. And it will be confirmed right at the start of 2024.

Neymar

 

Manchester United to mess up their striker pursuit
The Red Devils’ only signing of the window so far is Mason Mount. Considering they have no striker or goalkeeper, spaffing over half your transfer budget (reported to be £100m) on an attacking midfielder is certainly an interesting way to get your business up and running.

United can sell to raise the funds necessary to sign a striker with the £45m in Erik ten Hag’s budget expected to be spent on Inter ‘keeper Andre Onana, but they are setting unrealistic price tags. Wanting anything over £30m for Harry Maguire is ludicrous, while Fred or Donny van de Beek are unlikely to raise much more than £15m. Will Scott McTominay be the sale that gets a new No. 9 through the door? Ten Hag will need Newcastle United or West Ham to turn their interest into a formal bid if he is to bolster his frontline.

Rasmus Hojlund is a good option and now appears to be the only option. United’s pursuit of Harry Kane ended because they didn’t want to be involved in a summer-long saga, but all of their eggs are now in the Hojlund basket, which is not going to end well. Atalanta will want more than United can afford and Hojlund will spend another year in Bergamo.

Ten Hag will still sign a striker, but it is not going to be someone on the same level as Hojlund, Kane, Victor Osimhen and Randal Kolo Muani. We are not saying Wout Weghorst will return – it won’t be that bad – but don’t be massively surprised to see Dominic Calvert-Lewin in a Manchester United shirt in September.

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James Ward-Prowse to stay at Southampton
There was considerably more speculation about James Ward-Prowse’s future at Southampton when they were a Premier League club than since their relegation. It has all gone a little bit quiet, really. Maybe too quiet…

There is one major reason which could see Ward-Prowse push to join a Premier League club: England. He struggled for call-ups when the Saints were in the top flight, so there is no bloody chance he gets in Gareth Southgate’s squad as a Championship player.

Other than that, and obviously enjoying Premier League football, staying at Southampton has its perks for the 28-year-old. Born in Hampshire, he joined Southampton at the age of eight, making his first-team debut in October 2011 when he was only 16. Ward-Prowse was named club captain in 2020 and has now made 409 appearances for his boyhood club. It would be safe to say he is settled in Southampton, wouldn’t it?

Aston Villa have been pretty strongly linked but it seems their interest has ended. Realistically, the best option for Ward-Prowse is West Ham, who always seem to sign non-English players when they’ve got a bit of cash to spend, so staying at St Mary’s to bring the club closest to his heart back into the Premier League it is.

 

Moussa Diaby not to get his Premier League move
We are not going to claim Moussa Diaby is going to become the next Wesley Sneijder, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic or Joaquin, but something tells us the French winger is going to be linked with a host of Premier League clubs this summer only to stay at Bayer Leverkusen.

He might get his move to England eventually, but it’s not happening in the 2023 summer transfer window. We have no sources. Just a hunch. A hunch that is going to be correct and there is nothing you can do about it.

 

Chelsea to end up with a bloated squad…again
Chelsea needed a new striker going into the summer transfer window and decided to sign Villarreal’s Nicolas Jackson. This means absolutely nothing though with another likely to join in the coming weeks. This means Mauricio Pochettino is going to have Jackson, Raheem Sterling, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Christopher Nkunku, Armando Broja, Noni Madueke, Omari Hutchinson and Diego Moreita, on top of an incoming player, with Christian Pulisic, Romelu Lukaku, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech all yet to be sold.

Pochettino is going to end up with too many attackers, too many central defenders and too many left-backs, which could actually be a masterstroke if Ben Chilwell’s injury problems continue.

While a few more players are expected to depart, Todd Boehly is addicted to signing players, and he will not rest until the window closes. Players are going to be getting changed for training in the corridor again before you know it.