Harry Kane “agrees” to transfer after learning that Man Utd will ‘pay’ $87 million to beat Liverpool again.

Liverpool rivals round-up: Harry Kane has given his assent to a blockbuster transfer, while Man United might be taking a leaf out of the Jürgen Klopp playbook.

When it comes to the major transfer sagas of the window, Liverpool is very rarely engaged. There have been a few significant exceptions, but for the most part, the FSG tenure has been characterized by effective, “sensible” business.

That is why it was so unexpected—and yes, exciting—when Liverpool was frequently brought up in connection with Jude Bellingham. This would have been a ground-breaking deal, but ultimately the Reds decided it was a reach and withdrew long before the summer.

The logic has already undergone extreme scrutiny at this stage. Liverpool decided to utilize the money to recruit up to three competent players rather than one generational talent because it felt it could not adequately accomplish the necessary rebuild process if it spent so much on Bellingham and was unsure he would choose Anfield.

And so, another transfer window will come and go, with Liverpool only watching the big-ticket transactions. Harry Kane, who is the target of intense interest from Bayern Munich, is one of the most significant possible activities.

Although Manchester United has also reportedly expressed interest, it seems extremely improbable that Spurs would ever approve a trade of this nature. Erik ten Hag’s team is reportedly looking more at a repeat of the Liverpool result as a result, with one club president suggesting the Red Devils are putting together a large offer.

Here, Extrasoccernews.com scans the other major clubs in the Premier League and around Europe to see what news is circulating there.

Liverpool repeat could beckon for Manchester United

Liverpool has recently shown a predilection for the Portuguese market under the leadership of Jürgen Klopp and in particular Pep Lijnders. Being a former employee of Porto, the assistant manager is quite familiar with it, and there appears to be a sense among the club management that there is value to be discovered in Europe’s “sixth league.”

Although it lies just outside the conventional big five, it nevertheless provides players at the best teams with regular opportunities to test themselves in the Champions League at a high level. In recent years, Liverpool has felt secure enough to approve significant contracts for both Darwin Nez and Luis Dáz.

Darwin Nez

Manchester United now appears to be considering doing the same. It has also made purchases there in the past, namely Bruno Fernandes, and this summer it appears prepared to travel to Benfica and sign the player who served as effectively Nez’s replacement.

According to Correio da Manha (print edition via Man Utd News), Manchester United president Rui Costa said the club would spend around $87 million (£69 million/€80 million) for Gonçalo Ramos.

Gonçalo Ramos

Ramos was just beginning to establish himself when Liverpool bought Nez, and several people believed Ramos could have been considered instead, according to Extrasoccernews.com. Indeed, his price tag has increased similarly due to his being the team’s star player at Benfica.

Ramos offers roughly the same risk and upside as Nez, thus for Manchester United this would be a true duplicate of the Liverpool situation. The latter was more productive in Portugal during his final season, but it appears his successor will be significantly less expensive.

Despite Nez having a very difficult first season, it is clear that major clubs still believe the Portuguese league to be a reliable testing ground. There is still a lot of hope that he will continue and succeed.

Harry Kane ‘agrees’ to Bayern Munich transfer

Harry Kane has given the ‘OK’ to Bayern Munich, via his camp, although a fee still needs to be agreed with Spurs. That’s according to German outlet Sport Bild.

While Bayern is not yet allowed to negotiate directly with Kane, and nothing has been signed yet, the club has spoken to his father Pat and brother Charlie. An accord has been reached, with the striker said to have agreed to make the move.

An initial offer of $77m (£60m/€70m) plus add-ons was rejected by Spurs. It is thought that Bayern Munich is set to return with an improved bid (via the BBC).

According to Extrasoccernews.com, it was clear that there must have been some encouragement from Kane once it was revealed that Bayern Munich had made a bid. Although he is unable to engage in official negotiations with the Bavarians, the transfer market is transparent, and a bid typically indicates that a club is certain it has the player’s support.

Another question entirely is if Bayern Munich will be able to convince Spurs to budge. The one significant benefit is that Daniel Levy would undoubtedly want to sell him outside of the Premier League, out of reach of rivals. This appears to be a great opportunity if he has any desire to cash out rather than take the chance of losing Kane on a free.

Liverpool would also benefit from this. FSG would never seek Kane, of course, but it also wouldn’t want to see him lead Manchester City, Chelsea, or Manchester United’s offense.

 

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