Manchester United offer bonkers swap deal to sign Harry Kane: report

 Manchester United target and Tottenham striker Harry Kane after scoring in the FA Cup against Portsmouth in January 2023.
Manchester United target and Tottenham striker Harry Kane after scoring in the FA Cup against Portsmouth in January 2023.
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Manchester United are set to offer Tottenham Hotspur a player-plus-cash deal for wantaway superstar Harry Kane.

That's according to reports that suggest that the Red Devils are prepared to get creative to get their man. Swap deals are particularly rare in Premier League football, with Manchester United's last notable transfer of such being the move that saw Alexis Sanchez sign for them, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction to Arsenal.

Similarly to that move, Harry Kane is running his contract down at Tottenham and chairman Daniel Levy is demanding a high fee for his side's all-time scorer. Reports from the Manchester Evening News have already made the claim that Spurs are demanding a nine-figure fee in one payment for their No.10.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy watches Spurs' game against Norwhich City in May 2022.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy watches Spurs' game against Norwhich City in May 2022.

Now, ESPN are saying that the 20-time Premier League champions may look to talk that extraordinary fee down a little by offering Dean Henderson as part of the bargain.

Henderson is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest – but may well have burned bridges with his parent club after comments he made in August regarding United's choice to keep him as David De Gea's deputy last term.

"It's criminal at my age, I wasted twelve months," Henderson said about staying on the bench at Old Trafford during the 2021/22 season. "I was fuming. I got COVID and when I came back I should have still been number one. But nobody followed through with what they told me."

With Tottenham reportedly keen on upgrading long-term goalkeeper and club captain Hugo Lloris this summer, Henderson could be a genuine option for Spurs to improve their squad without spending big on a new keeper.

Dean Henderson Carabao Cup semi-final
Dean Henderson Carabao Cup semi-final

Were United to value the keeper at around £25m, they could theoretically cut the Kane fee by a quarter – while there may be other squad players who have been on the fringes of Ten Hag's squad who may make suitable makeweights, too.

Henderson is valued at around €22m by Transfermarkt.

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