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Spanish giants Real Madrid have made Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane their top transfer target as their current forwards continue to misfire.
French forward Karim Benzema has scored just one goal so far this campaign, and Cristiano Ronaldo is also not as prolific as usual.
Meanwhile Kane has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances this season.
Les Blancos currently sit third in La Liga, eight points behind leaders Barcelona and four behind Valencia, after 11 matches.
Real president Florentino Perez is apparently keen to buy Kane, who, at 24, is also 5 years younger than Benzema, to boost manager Zinedine Zidane’s attacking options, according to a report in Dario Gol.
However, the stumbling block could be Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy, who is a notoriously tough negotiator. Given current transfer prices, he is likely to want at least £100 million before he thinks about letting Spurs’ talismanic striker go.
Dario Gol adds that should Spurs not want to play balls, they have other targets, including Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
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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 forward Karim Benzema could be on his way out of Real Madrid this summer, and the Premier League is a likely destination if he does leave.
French striker Benzema, 29, has been struggling for form recently – he hasn’t scored in his last 5 appearances – and the Bernabeu faithful have started to turn against him, being whistled when he is on the ball.
Arsenal will inevitably be linked to a bid, as Arsene Wenger is a long-time fan of Benzema, but other Premier League clubs would doubtless be interested in a player who has scored 116 goals in 230 appearances for Real.
If Benzema were to leave, it might take £50 million to secure his services – which would be expensive for someone approaching their 30s – but possibly worth the investment if he could fire his club to a Premier League title.
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