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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 superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has auctioned a replica of one of his Ballon d’Or trophies – and raised £530,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation charity.
Ronaldo donated his 2013 replica to the charity auction held in London last weekend, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The trophy was bought by billionaire Idan Ofer – Israel’s richest person – and all of the money raised will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with terminal or life-threatening medical conditions.
Ronaldo has a long history of giving to charity, and has donated to Save the Children, Unicef and World Vision over the years. In 2015, he was named the world’s most charitable sportsman.
While he may be one of the best players in the world, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo still seems to have a queue of people lining up to criticize him – but now he’s hit back at them.
Ronaldo, who scored twice in Real’s 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, has been irked by comments he’s received recently after failing to score in a couple of La Liga matches since his return from injury.
“I am surprised by what the public thinks of me, my numbers speak for themselves, I am an exemplary professional and always have a clear mind. The criticism is getting worse. It seems that I have to keep showing exactly who I am in every match.”
The criticism does seem unmerited, given that he has scored 411 goals in 400 appearances for Madrid in all competitions. That isn’t too shabby a record.
But despite this, Ronaldo added that he is happy and doing what he enjoys. “People talk about me every day around the world [but] I live for football and my family, not for the media.”
Spanish giants Real Madrid are lining up a January bid for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli, and are planning to offer Matteo Kovacic in exchange, according to reports in Spain.
Alli has impressed once again at the start of this season, and it is believed that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a big fan of the 21-year-old, according to Spanish newspaper Don Balon.
With Real having a stuttering start to the La Liga season, thoughts are already moving to strengthening the side in January, and they could try to tempt Spurs with a swap deal for midfielder Kovacic.
Kovacic is a squad player at Real – he is behind Luka Modric and Toni Kroos – and the 23-year-old has only started 2 games so far this season.
Don Balon is speculating that Alli could be tempted by a move to the Bernabeau. With Alli having splitting from his current agency too, some are thinking that he may be lining up a move away from London.
Spurs, of course, will be loathe to lose one of their stars, especially mid-season. Club chairman Daniel Levy is notorious for playing hardball in transfer negotiations, so it would have to take something special to tempt him into selling.
Monaco’s French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe could be set to join Ligue Un rivals Paris St-Germain on loan this season, with a view to a permanent move next year.
Officials at PSG and Monaco are discussing a move, according to Sky Sports, although an agreement is far from certain.
The deal, which would also see Lucas Moura move in the other direction, could be worth £128 million.
Mbappe has been the subject of intense speculation this summer after his breakthrough in 2016/17 when he scored 26 goals for Monaco. A variety of leading clubs have been linked with a bid for him – including both Manchester sides – and Real Madrid we thought to be offering £161 million for him.
However, Monaco are also determined to hold on to their most valuable asset.
PSG are angling for an initial loan deal to help them comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, after their £198 million purchase of Neymar earlier in the transfer window.