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Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to offer up to three players in a bid to tempt Tottenham Hotspur to part with striker Harry Kane, according to a report from Spain.
Real are reportedly willing to offer former Spurs players Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, as well as striker Karim Benzema to try and secure a deal for Kane, according to Spanish news outlet Diario Gol.
Diario Gol also claim that Spurs will not let Kane leave for less than €200 million (£179 million) – hence the willingness to involve a swap deal.
But all three players will be seen as expendable to the Spanish side. Bale has been blighted by injuries in the past season, which has affected his form and value. Meanwhile Benzema would be the player most likely to lose his place in the side if Kane were to join Madrid. Finally, while Modric is still highly rated, his is 33.
However, nothing has been said by Spurs, and this story comes without quoting any sources, so it is best filed under ‘speculation’ – for now.
Real Madrid are still in negotiations to sign Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe – but if this happens it is thought that Gareth Bale will be sold to accommodate the Frenchman, with Manchester United a likely destination.
It is believed Madrid officials are discussing a £160 million deal for Mbappe – who is 18 and has had one full season under his belt at Monaco, don’t forget – and are close to finalizing it, but are working on how the deal will be structured – such as if there will be performance-related add-ons or not.
However, if this happens, it could mean the end of Gareth Bale’s time at the Bernabeau, according to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca. Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane does not want to have four attackers. He doesn’t believe adding Mbappe to his current front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Bale – also known as the BBC – will work.
Zidane’s logic is that managing the allocation of minutes between the four would cause conflict, and also affect other players at Madrid, such as Isco and Asensio who are usually called on to fill in for one of those three. Zidane places great stock on squad harmony.
Bale would be the most likely to depart, given his injury record over the past 4 years. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has previously expressed and interest in the player and he would be available for about £80-£85 million. However, United would probably have competition for his signature from Chelsea, among others.
Manchester United are rumoured to be lining up bids for two of the games most highly-rated forwards as Jose Mourinho looks to reshape his side.
The Manchester Evening News has reported that Mourinho is keen on signing Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale. Welsh star Bale, who won a second successive Champions League medal at the weekend, signed a new 6-year deal with Los Blancos earlier in the year, but there is some doubt about his future.
Mourinho is known to be on the lookout for a winger who can score goals and Bale would fit that bill, although Madrid would be looking for a world record fee to sell up, with £100 million mentioned.
With United’s interest in Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann apparently all but over, Mourinho is also turning his sights to Moncao starlet Kylian Mbappe, according to The Sun.
Mbappe, 18, was the breakout star in the Monaco side which won Ligue Un and made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League, scoring 26 goals in all competitions.
Again, £100 million has been stated as a figure that would secure Mbappe’s signature. But United will face stiff competition to sign him: Arsenal have already had a bid of £87 million turned down and a host of other clubs, including Real Madrid are also interested in the player.
Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool are leading the chase to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, after making a permanent offer, while their rivals for the Switzerland star’s signature, Inter Milan and Juventus, have only offered loan deals. (Metro)
Shaun Custis believes Gareth Bale would have to be ‘dragged kicking and screaming’ from Real Madrid back to the Premier League.