With a number of forwards having already left Manchester United, the club have been on the lookout for players to strengthen their front line.
One player linked earlier in the summer was Harry Kane, the Tottenham Hotspur striker who had a fantastic season in 2014/15.
However, Kane himself has categorically denied the rumours.
At a promotional event for Tottenham, Kane was caught on video being asked by a child if he would accept a contract from Manchester United if it were offered.
‘No,’ he responded. ‘I’m a Tottenham player.’
So just to clear up the constant rumours regarding @hkane28 to @ManUtd. #THFC pic.twitter.com/6pOvtMSIEa
— Daily Hotspur™ (@Daily_Hotspur) July 13, 2015
Kane has been linked with a £40m move to the Red Devils after scoring 36 times in 77 appearances for Spurs -31 of those came last season.
Whether or not United were even interested, the man himself has put an end to speculation.
United have been linked with other forwards – speculation that is sure to intensify after Louis van Gaal publicly stated he intends to strengthen two areas. However, given his transfer policy so far this pre-season, it stands to reason that the manager will probably announce a signing that either catches everyone off guard, or is such a seismic move that it would blow everyone out of the water. As such, a move for Kane – relatively unproven, and only likely to create a bidding war, so, elevating his price higher – seems out of sync for how Van Gaal has conducted his business so far.
So far, Edison Cavani appears the most solid link, with other names like Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo linked. However, Gareth Bale could also play in such a role and has also been linked with a return to England. All of those names fit the bill with regards the kind of player Van Gaal would like to bring in but would likely create a problem with regards Wayne Rooney’s position.
It also stands to reason that adidas may want a superstar name to be unveiled in August when their strip goes on sale, and as such, such a name would likely to branded by the sportswear giants himself.