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Chelsea already in negotiations to sign Real Madrid target in €127 million deal – report



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With the January transfer window only a couple more days away, Chelsea have picked up pace in their efforts to strengthen their squad. The Blues have already have signed David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos, while also being close to landing Benoit Badiashile.

And, according to journalist Cesar Luis Merlo that Chelsea are already in negotiations with SL Benfica to secure the signing of Real Madrid target Enzo Fernandez in a deal worth €127 million.

Fernandez earned his spurs at River Plate before securing a move to Europe this past summer, when he signed for Benfica. The 21-year-old quickly became an integral part of the team in Portugal, garnering the attention of several top clubs across the continent.

The interest in the midfielder has only intensified after his impressive displays at the FIFA World Cup 2022 where he helped Argentina win the trophy. Fernandez was named the Best Young Player of the Tournament in Qatar.

Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Fernandez, although they were only looking at the Argentine as a Plan B in case they fail to land their primary target, Jude Bellingham.

There has also been major interest from Manchester United and Liverpool as well, but it seems like Chelsea will beat everyone to the punch in the race for Fernandez.

As per the report, the Blues are negotiating the structure of their payment of a total of €127 million package to Benfica. The two parties are working on deciding the fixed part of the fees and bonuses.

And while the operation is not anticipated to be easy, Chelsea seem to be pushing ahead for the signing of Fernandez.

If the midfielder ends up signing for the Blues, Real Madrid will have to ensure that they do not miss out on Bellingham’s signing. The 19-year-old is said to be leaning towards a move to the Bernabeu and the Merengues are also ready to shell out more than €100 million to sign him up.

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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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