The potential availability of Harry Kane poses a dilemma for Manchester United.

Sky Sports report United is among the sites interested in signing the Tottenham star as he allegedly has a desire to leave north London.

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It’s no surprise United are connected. Kane’s name is regularly tossed around by former stars like Paul Scholes as a player the club should be targeting.

Kane is well on his way to ending the season as the league’s top scorer with 22 league goals and 13 assists. At the age of 27, he was able to make United title challengers.

The fear is that he will sign with City and pull her forward. United would hope that Kane could do a Robin van Persie and swing the force back into the red half of Manchester.

A question of balance

The problem is including Harry Kane in the club’s budget as it means a deal would have to be abandoned for Jadon Sancho.

Edinson Cavani’s contract extension means United will be betting on strikers for another season. But beyond that, the position needs to be addressed as Cavani is only extending his deal for one season.

With Cavani’s age and injuries, it is conceivable that United could still haunt Kane.

Many would prefer United chase after Jadon Sancho, solve the longstanding right wing problem and better round out the club’s roster, then focus on signing a striker in 2022.

Greenwood is the key

The key to taking a step for Harry Kane is Mason Greenwood.

Greenwood has shown that he can pose a real threat from the right wing. If he likes to play there for the next two to three seasons, he could be the Sancho alternative, reinforced by competition from Amad.

But if United are looking for Greenwood to become a key striker within a year, replacing Cavani, then Sancho should take precedence.

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Greenwood will settle into the forward role at some point but it is possible that he will spend three years on the right flank, replacing Kane as the central striker after that.

If United believes he can adapt to the striker faster and take turns playing with Cavani for most of his playing time there next season, United can spend the money on Sancho and safely skip the Harry Kane auction.

Kane will be expensive but could be worth it. United’s plans for Greenwood could help make a tough decision on whether to issue or pass.

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