Stan Collymore believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must seal a move for Jadon Sancho this summer if he has any hope of convincing Harry Kane to join Manchester United.
Kane recently admitted his future could lie away from Tottenham if the club do not challenge for trophies, and reports over the weekend claimed the Red Devils were ready to spend £200million to sign the 26-year-old striker.
While United remain frontrunners to sign Sancho, who has had a phenomenal season in the Bundesliga with 15 goals and 14 assists in 23 matches.
And despite insisting that Real Madrid or Juventus are a more likely destination for the England captain, former Spurs midfielder Collymore believes signing Sancho would go a long way for Solskjaer to convince Kane to move to Old Trafford.
“I can honestly see Kane going to Real ahead of United in the same way we saw Gareth Bale move to the Bernabeu seven years ago,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“The only hope Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really has of selling Old Trafford as a primary destination for Kane, is if he tells him: “We’re not just going to bring you in, Harry, we’re going to bring in Jadon Sancho as well to supply you and maybe a couple of other players on top of him”.
“If Sancho didn’t materialise then I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Kane taking the No.9 shirt from Karim Benzema at Real Madrid, with the Frenchman then heading to the Premier League.
He continued: “Some people will ask if United would be a step up from Spurs and they are right to do so. ‘If we’d been having this conversation 12 to 18 months ago, I’d be saying he should hedge his bets and stay at Spurs.
“But Spurs look as if they are reverting back to being a Europa League-level club rather than Champions League, and if Kane goes then that’s only going to be exacerbated.
“If I were Kane I’d be looking at the situation and saying, “At Spurs, who have I got to provide me? Tanguy N’Dombele, who may be on his way? Christian Eriksen has gone. At United, I could have Sancho, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James alongside me and all of those guys can help me get to 30 goals a season”.
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“They have pace, power and youth to provide him with all the back-up he needs. And while I’d still say Solskjaer needs a Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira-type as his No.1 priority, those selling points will put them in a very good position to tempt Kane.”
Should Kane seal a move to United, Collymore is in no doubt that he would be a terrific signing for the club.
‘Would Harry Kane be a good fit for Manchester United? Yes, 100%.
“He’s an out-and-out goalscorer who can score two-yard tap-ins or 30-yard thunderbolts.
“He can play with his back to goal, bringing others into the game and creating opportunities for them.
“So it’s a no-brainer for United to try to sign him.”