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Real Madrid plotting move to tempt Neymar from Paris St-Germain

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Spanish giants are planning to make a move for Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar this summer, and may sell some of their existing stars to fund the move.

Neymar only moved to PSG from Barcelona last summer in a world-record £200 million move. It is thought that Real would have to break that record to stand any chance of signing him – and that’s before adding in things like wages and agents fees.

Sources say that Real are confident of doing a deal for the 25-year-old. There have been reports that Neymar isn’t entirely happy in Paris and some PSG fans have jeered him this season. He may also want to return to Spain and a league that is more competitive.

However, PSG are unlikely to want to sell, and, given the enormous wealth of their owners, have no need to.

It is thought that there will be significant transfer activity at Real in the summer, as this season has seen the side under-achieve so far – they are 4th in La Liga currently – and some of its star players haven’t lived up to their reputation.

If Real do make a move for Neymar, several players could be on their way out, including winger Gareth Bale, striker Karim Benzema, goalkeeper Keylor Navas and midfielder Luka Modric as Real’s bosses seek to refresh the squad.

Real are looking for at least one marquee signing in the summer as they look to re-assert themselves at the top of world football, having been trumped by PSG last summer with their £200 million deal for Neymar, and loan signing of Kylian Mbappe, which will lead to a 165 million transfer this summer.

Real are also said to be interested in bringing Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to the Bernabeau, although that could take a world record bid to achieve, as Spurs’ chief executive Daniel Levy has stated that the player is not for sale. But any move would be shelved if a deal for Neymar were to materialize.

Real Madrid target Tottenham striker Harry Kane

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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.

Real Madrid prepared to offer three players in part exchange for Harry Kane – report

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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.

Could Karim Benzema finally be on his way to Arsenal in the summer?

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.