Manchester United Transfer News: Major Deals, Top Rumours Linked to Red Devils

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2015

Jul 26, 2014; Bridgeview, IL, USA; Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane (37) reacts after scoring against the Chicago Fire during a friendly at Toyota Park. Tottenham Hotspur won the match 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
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Manchester United are reportedly preparing a sensational swap deal for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, involving wingers Adnan Januzaj and Nani, along with striker Javier Hernandez.

The beyond-sensational claim comes from Goal.com writer Scott Loney. Presented as an exclusive, Loney claims the Old Trafford fringe trio will be part of a £50 million package to tempt Spurs into a sale. He also states how United gaffer Louis van Gaal has "made Kane his primary target to improve his strikeforce after the 21-year-old's sensational breakthrough season in which he scored 30 goals."

The need for Van Gaal to bolster United's forward line is obvious. A potentially awesome attack was left stunted this season thanks to Robin van Persie's injuries and Radamel Falcao's struggles adapting to England's top flight.

Falcao and Van Persie were major disappointments during the 2014/15 campaign.
Falcao and Van Persie were major disappointments during the 2014/15 campaign.Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Those issues are likely to prompt major changes this summer. Falcao is being consistently linked with a loan switch to Premier League champions Chelsea.

Daily Star reporter Colin Harvey states that deal is being held up due to the Stamford Bridge club's desire for a clause removing any obligation to sign the misfiring striker permanently.

However, Falcao seems determined to play elsewhere next season. He told Colombian publication El Tiempo (h/t London Evening Standard's Richard Parry) he wants to remain in England:

I know it has been speculated very much about Chelsea.I try to stay out of it. I care about working with Colombia [at this summer's Copa America] for now. That’s what my agent does.

I would like to continue in the Premier League. My future will be decided in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, a report from Italian outlet M Sport (h/t Metro's Lewis Rudd) claims Serie A side Lazio are close to securing an £11 million deal to sign brittle Dutchman Van Persie.

B/R analyst Sam Tighe believes United shouldn't waste much time cashing in on a player "past his peak":

There's no doubt Kane's arrival would refresh United's options at striker. He's a true goal-getter who just has the knack for timing his movement and converting chances.

Kane is not the quickest, strongest or most skilled forward in the Premier League. But he's a true poacher who comes alive in the box.

A ruthless finisher is something the Red Devils have lacked for the last two seasons amid Van Persie's decline. Kane would give Van Gaal's squad a young talisman with the room to grow into one of the world's best.

Yet despite the obvious advantages, it's tough to take this rumour too seriously. Granted, Van Gaal may have little need for Januzaj, Nani and Hernandez.

The latter pair spent last season on loan, while Januzaj made just seven starts in the league, per WhoScored.com. But while United have little need for these players, Tottenham certainly need Kane.

Tottenham are unlikely to part with Kane so soon.
Tottenham are unlikely to part with Kane so soon.Tim Ireland/Associated Press

Even with his goals, the club couldn't achieve a top-four finish. But any hopes Spurs might have of breaking into that bracket next season will evaporate if they cash in on Kane.

The club has a recent history of landing major cash for breakout stars. Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale all left the club for large sums.

Still, it seems too soon for Kane to follow suit just yet.

 

Bastian Schweinsteiger Van Gaal's "No. 1 Target"

While some believe Van Gaal will do all he can to sign Kane, others think his priorities lie elsewhere. Spanish website Fichajes.net (h/t Metro's George Bellshaw) report Van Gaal has made a "personal request" to engineer a deal for the Bayern Munich man.

Bellshaw stated Van Gaal sees Schweinsteiger as the "perfect addition" to United's midfield. It's a view that makes sense considering the 30-year-old Germany international's pedigree.

Schweinsteiger is a cerebral deep-lying playmaker who can dictate play. He rarely wastes possession and regularly plays his passes between the lines.

But the ageing schemer isn't just a metronome for steady distribution. Schweinsteiger still has an eye for goal.

He proved that when he equalised for the Bundesliga giants against United at Old Trafford during last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg. Schweinsteiger also fired five goals to help inspire Bayern to this season's league crown, per ESPN FC.

Daily Express writer Izzy Horsefield has stated Munich are already pursuing Barcelona's Sergio Busquets as a replacement for Schweinsteiger. Van Gaal knows the German well, having brought him through the ranks at Bayern and carefully developed him into a complete midfielder.

Schweinsteiger made the leap to stardom on Van Gaal's watch.
Schweinsteiger made the leap to stardom on Van Gaal's watch.Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

Schweinsteiger is a far more realistic get than Kane. He makes sense for a United midfield that needs an assured presence at its base. The German would be a great complement, or even a replacement, for Michael Carrick.

Expect Van Gaal to make a big push for one of his former players. But don't expect Kane to be plying his trade at Old Trafford next season.