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Why Alan Shearer is right with Harry Kane to Manchester United transfer claim

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Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in world football. That’s a claim that simply cannot be denied.

Speculation over his future has spiralled over the course of this week, too, after news emerged that the England captain has told his representatives he wants to move on during the summer transfer window.

It’s a decision which has placed Manchester United and neighbours Manchester City – among others – on red alert.

At first glance, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity not to be missed.

Indeed, the 27-year-old has amassed a simply staggering goalscoring record since bursting onto the scene, with 165 coming in the Premier League alone from his 244 appearances in that competition.

Ahead of leading Three Lions to the delayed Euro 2020 championship this summer, too, he boasts an equally superb international return of 31 in 51.

United, City and Chelsea are right to be pricing-up a move – but only if the circumstances match.

Had this revelation come a month ago, there is every chance to suggest key figures responsible for transfer at Old Trafford would be addressing their calculators and doing some number crunching ahead of a would-be pursuit. But to coin a footballing phrase; the goalposts have shifted.

United might only get the one chance to sign Kane. As tempting as it might be, they simply must pass.

Pundits and former players alike have spoken almost constantly about Kane’s situation. Prior to this week, it came along the lines of ‘will he or won’t he?’ Now, though, those talks appear to have shifted to ‘where?’.

Alan Shearer and Jamie Redknapp are two high-profile names who argue the England captain should opt for City.

In terms of his personal, short-term targets, that does appear to offer his best route to silverware – as much as that might pain United supporters right now.

However, when coming to terms with such an investment, it would be tough to justify spending £150million when other areas of the squad are in much greater need of addressing.

Kane moving to City might initially dent United’s hopes of a first Premier League title post-Sir Alex Ferguson.

It would, though, allow them to play the long game.

By shifting their attention to Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho – the balance of United’s first-choice line-up would be in far healthier position, while Cavani has the ability and know-how to lead the charge in attacking quarters for the foreseeable future.

Borussia Dortmund might not necessarily be open to letting both Sancho and Haaland depart this summer, while if City are given a clear run at Kane – depending on what Chelsea might have to say – then United might even conjure up a better long-term plan.

As another pundit Graeme Souness argues, a successful pursuit of Kane might be game over for other sides setting their sights on next season’s Premier League trophy.

Fast forward 12 months, though, the prospect of Sancho and Haaland vs Kane might be a risk worth taking – even if that temporarily offers an advantage to United’s neighbours and runaway champions.

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