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AC Milan seeking discount on the €22 million price tag to sign Real Madrid loanee



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AC Milan have every intention of signing Real Madrid loanee Brahim Diaz permanently in the summer but want to do so for a price lower than the initially agreed-upon €22 million fee, claims Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Diaz signed for Real Madrid from Manchester City in January 2019 and after 18 months at the club, during which he managed just 21 appearances, he has constantly been farmed out on loan to AC Milan.

Indeed, the 23-year-old is currently in his third year on loan at Milan. Having first spent the 2020/21 campaign at San Siro, the Spanish attacking midfielder returned to the Rossoneri again in 2021, this time on a two-year stint that included a permanent purchase clause of €22 million.

During his time in Italy, Diaz has developed well and played a key role in Milan’s Serie A title triumph last year. He has also made a good start to the ongoing campaign, racking up four goals and an assist in 13 Serie A matches.

While it has been reported that Real Madrid would look favourably upon the prospect of including the Spaniard in their squad next season, the aforementioned outlet claims Los Blancos would not be averse to a sale.

AC Milan, for their part, are said to be intent on signing Diaz permanently. They have been crunching numbers in order to assess if they can trigger the €22 million permanent buy option, but find it difficult.

Hence, the Italian champions are hoping to negotiate a lower fee with Real Madrid for the permanent purchase of Diaz.

Apart from the €22 million purchase option, the agreement between Milan and Madrid also included a clause that would allow the Merengues to re-sign Diaz for a fee of €27 million.

Diaz, for his part, is believed to be open to returning to Real Madrid, but would only do so if he feels there is space for him in the first-team setup under Carlo Ancelotti. The situation is delicately poised at the moment and all options are possible and it remains to be seen where the 23-year-old ends up next season.

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Real Madrid not in talks with Tottenham Hotspur for 29-year-old forward



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According to a recent report from Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), there is nothing concrete at the moment between Harry Kane and Real Madrid. The two parties have not held any talks and a potential transfer is distant.

Los Blancos’ admiration of the English striker is not a novel development for the Spanish giants have been monitoring his situation for a couple of seasons now.

Tottenham’s high financial demands coupled with Karim Benzema’s breathtaking form kept Kane’s pursuit out of sight, but the situation has now changed.

Real Madrid’s French striker may be the current Ballon d’Or holder but he has struggled to recreate his form this season. His subpar performances and age force the club to look for a new face and Kane is unsurprisingly back in the mix.

The England captain has a contract with Spurs that runs until 2024 and he has not agreed on a new deal with the Premier League side. His dire drought for trophies at the club level could force him to move to greener pastures and there is a long line of suitors awaiting his availability.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich both, like Real Madrid, are in need of a new centre-forward and thus join the Merengues in Kane’s pursuit.

The 29-year-old striker has started 28 Premier League games for Antonio Conte’s side this season, scoring a whopping 21 goals and providing two assists in the process. The fact that his goal tally came off a relatively low xG of 15.6 shows Kane’s effectiveness in front of the goal.

Karim Benzema is likely to renew for another season, but the summer could see the Galacticos go all out for a big-name striker. Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are some of the other names considered, though it is clear that neither of them would arrive cheap.

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