The Spanish giants have been linked with moves for Spurs duo Dele Alli and manager Mauricio Pochettinho, but Harry Kane is the player Los Blancos desperately need, writes Sam May.
On the eve of Tottenham’s UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid, there is no surprise that reports linking the Spurs striker with a move to Los Blancos next summer have emerged. Despite being dubbed as the ‘complete player’ by Galacticos manager Zinedine Zidane, the Frenchman has made it clear he would not be drawn to signing the 24-year-old.
There are three reasons why Florentino Pérez might be picking up the phone to call Daniel Levy for the first time since he handed over Gareth Bale for £89 million in 2013. It is clear Real Madrid need a new striker and they are said to be keen admirers of the marketable Englishman. Having sold Álvaro Morata to Chelsea last summer, Los Blancos have failed to replace their former Spanish striker. Karim Benzema has been injured the last month and he is now 30.
Benzema’s quality is there to see, but his physical problems will only increase as time progresses. He has recently signed until 2021, but that doesn’t mean they wont sign a new striker next summer, they will for sure.
Pochettino, Fernando Llorente, Pep Guardiola and Morata have all heaped praise on the England international who has 43 goals in 38 games for club and country in 2017, so there is no wonder he is the poster boy splashed on the front of Spanish sports newspaper Marca when he arrives in the Spanish capital.
Madrid have money in the bank and are ready to splash the cash. They may wait until after the World Cup to make a move as they did when signing James Rodríguez, Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas – all three who stared at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil back in 2014. Pérez signed David Beckham in 2003, and Michael Owen and Jonathan Woodgate followed. He knows Madrid’s Asian market responds well to British players.
Whether he makes a move next summer or not, what Kane does know, is all eyes will be on him when he walks out for Spurs tomorrow night, with a point to prove.