Manchester United are expected to target a new striker in the summer transfer window, with Erling Haaland and Harry Kane the two players on most fans’ minds.
Haaland has scored an astonishing 33 goals in 31 games for Borussia Dortmund this season, while Tottenham star Kane is the Premier League’s joint top scorer with 17, having fired 27 in all competitions.
Both have hugely impressive scoring records to back them up, too, with England captain Kane having amassed 215 goals in 327 games for Spurs, and Haaland boasting a tally of 78 goals in 76 games for Dortmund and Red Bull Salzburg combined.
So, there will be much to discuss as United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets together with technical director Darren Fletcher and the club’s new football director John Murtough to plot their summer transfer strategy.
Here, Daily Star Sport looks at what United’s recruitment team will have to look at as they target a talisman to spearhead next season’s silverware quest.
How much will they cost?
Both Haaland and Kane are expected to cost in excess of £100million if they leave their respective clubs this summer.
Haaland is likely to be at the centre of a bidding war, with United joined by the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the race to sign the Norwegian hotshot.
Kane has also been linked with United’s neighbours City, and would likely attract interest from other clubs if it became clear he could be prised away from Tottenham.
What about wages?
As one of the hottest properties in world football, Haaland is expected to seek wages of £350,000 per week if he joins a new club this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Kane is reported to be on £200,000 per week at Spurs, so could potentially prove the cheaper of two astronomically expensive options.
With Haaland still only 20, he would have the greater future resale value compared to 27-year-old Kane.
Who wants to move this summer?
Haaland has insisted he is happy at Dortmund, but there are signs he may be becoming frustrated at the Bundesliga club.
He stormed down the tunnel following his side’s 2-2 draw with Koln on Saturday, which left them seven points off the pace in the race to secure a Champions League spot for next season.
Kane has remained loyal to Spurs amid continued interest in the striker over the past few seasons.
But he wants to win trophies at the highest level – and last week’s Europa League capitulation to Dinamo Zagreb suggested that is becoming increasingly less likely at Tottenham.
Who would force a move?
Haaland might be tempted to force an exit, knowing he could have his pick of the top clubs around Europe.
But he may not have to, as Dortmund may decide to cash in knowing he could be snapped up for just £65m when his release clause comes into play in the summer of 2022.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will want to do everything possible to keep Kane – but if the striker decides to leave, he will want his wishes respected given his loyalty to the club to date.
What about age?
Having burst onto the scene at a young age, Haaland has virtually his entire career ahead of him.
A £100m outlay could prove money well spent if he continues to post the kind of scoring returns he has at Dortmund and Salzburg.
As mentioned above, Kane is seven years older and has had injury problems, particular with his knee.
However, the 27-year-old is approaching the peak years of his career, and if he can stay fit it is frightening how good he could be.
Premier League experience
Keane’s pedigree in English football is beyond doubt, with the centre-forward having averaged just over 23 top-flight goals per campaign in his last six seasons with Spurs.
Haaland is of course yet to be tested in the Premier League – but hopes would be high that he could replicate his hugely prolific scoring record from the German and Austrian top flights if he made the move to Old Trafford.
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