Harry Kane would have waited until next summer to sign for free for Manchester United if he had received assurances about the move, it has been reported.
The England skipper has been the subject of speculation over his future this summer, having failed to agree a new deal with Tottenham.
Kane’s eventual arrival at Bayern Munich for £86.4 million was partly due to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s reluctance to sell the striker to a Premier League rival, but Levy could not have have no influence on Kane’s next destination if he had terminated his contract.
Levy was under pressure from owner Joe Lewis to cash in on Kane, who had just 11 months left on his contract, and recoup funds for their academy graduate.
But according to the Daily Mail, Kane’s preference was to move to Old Trafford even if it meant ending his Spurs contract and leaving for free.
The 30-year-old had his sights set on a move to Manchester United, but needed guarantees that a move would go through next summer.
Kane was United boss Erik ten Hag’s top summer target, but uncertainty around the club’s ownership dashed any chance of hitting Tottenham’s valuation.
Ten Hag were quick to turn their attention to a younger, cheaper option in Rasmus Hojlund, effectively ending Kane’s hopes of a move to Old Trafford.
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He has scored four times in his first five games for the reigning Bundesliga champions and takes aim at a leaky Manchester United defense when the clubs meet on Wednesday.
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