Man Utd demand ‘strongly worded statement’ from Harry Kane as panic hits on June 22

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Sun back page with Harry Kane and Mason Mount

The transfer window has been open a whole week and Man Utd have not made a signing yet! What can Harry Kane do now?


What Man Utd need is a statement signing
This back page from The Sun made Mediawatch smile, because it reminded us of that wonderful time in the summer of 2021 when The Sun’s showbiz reporter declared that Harry Kane was absolutely definitely joining Manchester City for £160m because his brother chose his own wedding day to play his (very poor) hand. Such days. Such fun. The Mediawatch from that sorry episode remains a personal favourite.

So Mediawatch would rather cynically suggest that Kane has tried very hard to ‘make it happen’ in the past and basically ended up looking like a complete dick. Not quite as much as his brother but still. A dick.

Now this latest piece is written by Manchester United reporter Neil Custis so clearly he is starting from the position that it is Kane or Tottenham’s fault that this transfer is very unlikely to happen and absolutely nothing to do with Manchester United knowing the asking price and refusing to meet it.

That’s their prerogative but the idea that Kane can somehow ‘make this happen’ is absurd. Is he supposed to ask Daniel Levy real nice to drop his asking price by £20m?

FRUSTRATED Manchester United have told Harry Kane: If you want the move, make it happen.

FRUSTRATED Manchester United might be better off telling Daniel Levy that they will pay £100m. Or just giving up on the whole shebang to go and overpay for a different striker target.

United’s hierarchy are ready to walk away from the blockbuster transfer of Kane after difficulties in negotiating with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Can you ‘walk away’ from something that’s not even remotely close to completion? This is like filing for divorce halfway through the appetisers on a first date. The Daily Mail wrote yesterday that ‘the club have ended their interest in Kane for now’ so it might be a little late for an ultimatum.

But in a final attempt to move things on, they want Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorer to come out with a transfer request or strongly worded statement about his desire to leave for Old Trafford.

Because if there is one thing that will move notable hard-arse Levy into selling his most valuable asset for less than his worth (to Spurs, not to Manchester United) it is a ‘strongly worded statement’. Perhaps he could use a swear.

The Red Devils value Kane at around £80million while the asking price is £100m for a player who turns 30 next month with just a year left on his contract.

Sorry Neil, but it doesn’t really matter what you or indeed Manchester United think of that asking price. As somebody wise once wrote: ‘A transfer fee merely captures a moment when the circumstances of two clubs collide.’ This summer – with Spurs needing one more season from Kane to settle nerves, to provide quality and to attract quality – Kane is worth £100m to Tottenham. If he is not worth that to Manchester United, then that is their issue. No ‘strongly worded statement’ will change that.

Their cross-town rivals Manchester City found themselves in a similar situation two years ago when they were willing to offer £100m for Kane with Spurs after £150m.

City also wanted Kane to push for the move but it was felt he did not go far enough to engineer one.

So much to unpick here. Kane and his brother literally used your newspaper to declare a move was ‘inevitable’ by suggesting that Levy had ‘caved’ and would accept £160m. The only question was whether Manchester City or Tottenham was more surprised by this naked attempt to engineer a move. Odd how he might not be ready to try again.

United are already looking at alternatives and have begun tentative negotiations for the potential £52m capture of Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund.

Just wait until Custis finds out that Atalanta want £86m for Hojlund. Maybe the Dane needs to try a strongly worded statement.


Panic is Mounting
Manchester United have obviously been briefing that they will not be offering more money for Mason Mount, though we don’t think Mail man Chris Wheeler’s point here is as good as he thinks it is:

Pesky fact: Mateo Kovacic is 29. Raheem Sterling was 27. Mason Mount is 24.

Mirror man David McDonnell has gone big with the United briefing, writing that ‘Manchester United have made a fresh bid of £50million for Mason Mount but have warned Chelsea they won’t be held to ransom’. Which is now bookmarked for when United are held to ransom.

But the panic is on that United have so far failed to make a signing despite the transfer window having been open for a WHOLE WEEK. What the actual f*** are they playing at?

Once again, Mediawatch is moved to remind everybody that United’s first signing of last summer was made on July 5 and everything turned out really quite well. So panicking on June 22 feels a tad premature.

While their immediate rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are already advanced in terms of adding to their squads, United are yet to make a first signing of the summer, with the takeover saga compromising Ten Hag’s ability to get his business done as quickly as he would like.

Woah there. The only one of those three clubs to have made a summer signing are Liverpool and they ended last season eight points behind United and lost four first-team squad members on free transfers. Their need was far greater.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have agreed a £25m fee for Kovacic but have lost their captain Ilkay Gundogan on a free transfer; that’s a net negative. And Arsenal have agreed a £65m fee for Kai Havertz which most observers believe is a tad overblown. United are not being left behind by failing to make a signing by June 22.

McDonnell followed his news update with another piece detailing how frustrated Erik ten Hag is by the slow transfer progress…

Nearly a month after Manchester United returned to the Champions League, they have yet to make a move in the summer transfer market.

They were literally playing in the FA Cup final less than three weeks ago. And the transfer window opened a week ago.

Mediawatch stopped clicking through the seasons after a decade or so, but the only Manchester United summer signings they have made before June 22 were Eric Bailly and Daniel James. Are those the kind of deals United should be emulating in a rush?

The United manager’s frustration will be compounded by rivals Manchester City moving swiftly to sign Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea, Liverpool’s capture of Alexis MacAllister and Arsenal’s early move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

Only one of those signings has actually happened, David.

We have already covered how Kovacic will be a replacement for Gundogan, while Arsenal might have made an ‘early move’ for Rice but they have hit the same wall United have hit with both Kane and Mount: The selling club wants more money. And they could yet lose out to Manchester City.

It’s almost like it’s only June 22 and there really is no need to panic.