Jose Mourinho reveals club already has a replacement for Manchester United target

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Manchester United have been among the three Premier League clubs to be linked with a move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

With Kane signalling that he’d like to leave Spurs during the summer transfer window in search of trophies, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted at the time that a striker like Kane will always interest a top club like Manchester United if he’s available.

Jose Mourinho has however named youngster Dane Scarlett as a natural replacement for Kane.

The 17-year-old featured for Tottenham in the Europa League and Premier League under Jose Mourinho, and the Portuguese believes that he’d have given him more chances had he been at the club.

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“He is a diamond, a kid with incredible potential,” Mourinho told BT Sport.

“He has worked many times with the first team and that gives him a different personality. He is still 16, 17 soon [in March] and I believe next season he will be a first-team squad player because he has a lot of talent.

“He is going to be a fantastic player and I hope everything around him goes well. He is a striker, a number nine, I have been playing him from the sides similar to Marcus Rashford and he is very clever.”

Mourinho has even touted Scarlett to be the main man for not only Spurs but also the Three Lions in the near future.

“I hope leading Premier League managers don’t just think of their own clubs but also the national team and that they give these young English guys more chances,” he told the Sun.

“I know he’s still very young, just 17, and the next World Cup is probably too early, but Tottenham have a striker who, if everything goes well, is going to be phenomenal.

“That kid, Dane Scarlett, probably won’t be ready for Qatar next year — although you never know — but for the next Euros in 2024, he is an example of one who can emerge.”

However, Manchester United don’t seem to be interested in a move for Harry Kane anymore.

Kane is believed to be valued around £150m, but it seems Manchester United have now pulled out of the deal.

According to the Athletic, United are not willing to challenge their rivals for Kane’s signature for two reasons — the £73m spent on Jadon Sancho and also the shrewdness of Daniel Levy.