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Relax, Harry Kane is not being sold to Manchester United

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According to the Daily Star, Manchester United have lodged an opening bid of  £40 million. BUT DON'T WORRY! The Star isn't sure if they'll come back with another offer! WHEW!

Here's a video clip of one of the drooling idiots who commentated on today's Audi Cup match talking about it. It's impressive when you consider his brains must have been running down the side of his face while he said this.

Let's take a moment to look at this rationally. First of all the Star is basically the equivalent of people making things up on an internet message board.

With that out of the way, let us consider that prying Harry Kane away from Spurs in the summer of 2015 is going to require an extraordinary amount of groundwork and money. There has been virtually no word from Kane about this other than, perhaps, he is buzzing to play at Old Trafford on Saturday.

So why does this talk keep happening? Why don't we see stories about, say, Eriksen to City instead?

Because while transfer talk sells papers, transfer talk that feels like it could actually happen sells more papers.

In the last few years, Spurs have sold their biggest stars, so linking the next generation of stars to other clubs is always a good way to get easy attention. Harry Kane is the most promising English striker in years. He's coming off an excellent season that came out of nowhere and even has the look of Royal Inbreeding about him. OF COURSE the biggest club in England wants him. So just like they did when Wayne Rooney was at Everton, the media is laying track for the next big English thing to end up at Manchester United. It sells papers now, and if it greases the wheels for a transfer in a few years? It'll sell even more papers then.

And so it goes. We will hear about Spurs sell their biggest stars, because it is in their interest for us to sell all of our biggest stars. Then they will lambaste us for being a selling club. Until we have another star worth selling. And the world keeps turning.