Manchester United have placed Harry Kane at the top of their striker wish list with Louis van Gaal ready to pay £45million to prise him from Tottenham, reports The Mail.
Van Gaal and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have been working hard to identify potential transfer targets in a number of areas in the squad ahead of what is sure to be a summer of heavy spending.
Memphis Depay is set to become their first summer signing after PSV Eindhoven agreed to a £25m deal but now Van Gaal is on the lookout for an eventual successor to Robin van Persie.
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Van Persie has struggled for form and fitness this season, only managing ten goals in his 25 Premier League starts.
He will be 32-years-old by the time next season starts and Van Gaal is worried that the striker he once made captain for the Dutch national team is now in terminal decline.
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Van Gaal wants to sign someone with the talent of Kane and is championing the 21-year-old over a £5m deal for Burnley's Danny Ings. His contract is set to expire at Turf Moor, leaving Manchester United with only compensation to pay.
Money no object
But despite the vast difference in potential transfer fee, Kane remains top of Van Gaal's wish list. Thanks to some formidable commercial revenue, money is no longer an issue for Manchester United.
A new kit deal with Adidas is set to bring in an average of £75m-a-year but the sports manufacturer is set to pay the first £100m up front when the deal starts in August. That gives Manchester United the freedom to spend what they like without worrying about financial fair play.
Dealing with Tottenham, however, may prove to be more trouble than it is worth. Daniel Levy will not let Kane go without a drawn-out negotiation with the notorious chairman likely to try and delay any deal to the latter stages of the summer.
History of signings
Manchester United have had previous success with buying Tottenham's best players. Teddy Sheringham, Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov have all made the switch with varying levels of success.
They also tried to sign Gareth Bale, but could not convince the Welshman to remain in the Premier League.
Kane comes with the added bonus of being a homegrown player, meaning Manchester United could effectively kill two birds with one £45m cheque. He would be an incredible signing, but a tough one to catch.
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