Gary Neville believes Manchester United could hold an advantage in the battle to sign Harry Kane because they have a trio of players Tottenham might be tempted to accept in part-exchange.
The 27-year-old forward, who claimed the Golden Boot and Playmaker of the Year award after a remarkable individual season, recently opened the door to leaving seventh-placed Spurs as he looks to add trophies to his own personal accolades.
Neville knows it will take a mammoth fee to convince Tottenham to sell, but feels the inclusion of players such as Anthony Martial, Dan James and Jesse Lingard might be the ideal deal-sweetener.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the final round of Premier League games, he explained: ‘It’s difficult. City don’t tend to break their budget do they, £65m/£70m [is their transfer record] – they’re not going to get him for that.
‘So it’s whether they could get a player to Tottenham that would makeweight the deal. And I think that’s what United maybe have in Martial, James and Lingard.
‘They’re types of players you could send there [to Spurs] plus a chunk of money and it might make Daniel Levy happy, I don’t know.’
Neville also played down the extent to which Kane was pushing for an exit, continuing: ‘In that interview with me he never said he wanted to leave Tottenham or he was going to leave Tottenham.
‘I don’t know what part of the interview people think he said that. He said there was a conversation to be had and if the chairman wants to accept a bid for him. He never said he wanted to leave.
‘I think he’s obviously at a point in his career where it’s a reflection point. It’s the same for Tottenham as well I would think.’
United have also been linked with Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in addition to Kane, and Neville feels it would take that level of star-studded investment for the anti-Glazer sentiment from supporters to begin to ease.
Asked if that trio might quell the protests, Neville said: ‘I think it would appease a lot of the fanbase in terms of obviously the ones that want to look at signings – the ones that have been appeased before.
‘I think there is an element of the fanbase that are not going to let this go but I think that there will be some to be fair, if they sign Harry Kane, Varane and Sancho – it will cost a lot of money – but it’s the type of thing that would quieten some of the fans down and create incredible excitement at Old Trafford.’
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