Man Utd ‘transfer chaos’ as Jim Ratcliffe ‘in race against time’ to sign Kane

Hopeful Manchester United owner Jim Ratcliffe faces a summer of chaos in the race to sign wantaway Tottenham forward Harry Kane.

The INEOS chief, 70, has emerged as the leading candidate to take the reins from the detested Glazer Family, who announced they had put the Old Trafford club on the market late last year. Having missed out on a deal to purchase Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2022, Sir Jim is desperate to not let another opportunity slip through his fingers and Britain's wealthiest man has stumped up the £5bn asking price.

Ratcliffe is the Glazers' preferred candidate, ahead of Qatari billionaire Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, with the third round of bidding now concluded.

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The boyhood Red Devil is set to find out in days whether his bid to become the new United owner has been accepted but, if successful, he won't have long to finalise a summer transfer plan. There is now less than a month until the official opening of the window in early June with a world-class striker high on Erik ten Hag's priorities.

England record goalscorer Harry Kane is his no.1 target but he won't come cheap. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has slapped a £100m price tag on the head of his prized asset in order to deter any interest.

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Kane has 12 months remaining on his Tottenham contract and is entitled to run down the remainder of his £200k-a-week deal and leave north London on a Bosman at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

Yet a trophy-less career is of huge concern to the free-scoring forward and Kane is desperate to secure a move to Manchester at the second time of asking, where he believes he can flourish.

Only Norwegian powerhouse Erling Haaland has banked more Premier League goals than Kane this term and Ten Hag sees the England captain as the final piece of United's title-challenging jigsaw.


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