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Boost for Real Madrid as Man United end pursuit of €115 million-rated goal machine

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In what could be a major boost for Real Madrid, Manchester United have decided to move on from their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur superstar Harry Kane, reports The Times (h/t AS).

Kane is a top target for Real Madrid this summer as they look to replace Karim Benzema, who has signed for Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.

However, the Merengues were facing stiff competition from Manchester United, who were also keen on signing the England captain as they look for a top-quality No. 9.

But, as per the report, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy does not wish to sell Kane to a rival Premier League club, even though the 29-year-old would have welcomed the idea of playing for Manchester United.

As such, the Red Devils are looking at Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund as Plan B, clearing the pathway for Real Madrid to move for Kane as there are no other suitors for the England captain.

Levy is understood to be holding out for a fee of €115 million for his ace goalscorer, who netted 32 goals during the 2022/23 campaign.

But there is some hope within the Madrid camp that Manchester United’s exit from the race could lead to a drop in the asking price, possibly below the €100 million-mark.

Real Madrid are reportedly hoping to get the deal done for around €80 million and are not prepared to breach the €100 million barrier for Kane as he will be turning 30 next month and Florentino Perez feels it will be difficult to amortise his transfer.

Manchester United’s exit from the race does make things easier for Los Blancos in their pursuit of Kane. However, reaching an agreement with Levy will be a huge challenge on its own and it remains to be seen whether Perez & co. are successful in doing so.

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Real Madrid pondered summer move for 18-year-old Dutch prodigy before his renewal

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Real Madrid saw their priority centre-back target Leny Yoro sign for Premier League giants Manchester United this Thursday.

Even though the Merengues appeared to be in the driver’s seat as far as the race for his transfer was concerned, their reluctance to shell out the big bucks eventually led to Lille selling him to United.

It has left Real Madrid in limbo with regard to their plans for the centre-back signing. As things stand, the news coming from the club is that nobody will be signed unless a bargain option comes up.

Real Madrid considered signing Jorrel Hato

As far as some of the names on Real Madrid’s radars are concerned, Al-Nassr’s Aymeric Laporte is said to be on the agenda, with the Spaniard understood to be keen on a return to Europe.

Meanwhile, a report from AS states that Real Madrid also considered making a move for Ajax teenage prodigy Jorrel Hato but abandoned the idea after he signed a new contract.

Real Madrid were briefly interested in Jorrel Hato. (Photo by BART STOUTJESDIJK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Hato, who turned 18 in March this year, has already become a regular for Ajax, racking up 61 senior appearances despite his young age.

Like Yoro, he was also followed by Real Madrid as his contract was set to expire in 2025 and he fit the profile that the Spanish champions were looking for.

However, soon after he turned 18 in March, Ajax swiftly moved to hand him a new contract, securing his future until 2028. With that, Hato’s name was taken off the table at Real Madrid.

Another name that has been touted as an option is Union Berlin’s Diego Leite, who Real Madrid have watched in the past and could be available for €18 million.

As things stand, though, Real Madrid are calm about the situation and are counting on David Alaba to recover while also being prepared to rely on Aurelien Tchouameni as an option at centre-back.

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