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Liverpool set to rekindle interest in €100 million Real Madrid midfielder – English sources



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Having decided to end their pursuit of Jude Bellingham, Liverpool are set to rekindle their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni in the summer, reports David Maddock of the Mirror.

Liverpool are in the market for reinforcements in the middle of the park and had been chasing Bellingham for the longest time. But, earlier this week, reports emerged that they had decided to end their interest in the Englishman due to his inflated price.

While they are looking for alternatives for Bellingham, Liverpool now could also attempt to sign Real Madrid midfielder Tchouameni in the summer to strengthen their options in the defensive midfield role.

It is no secret that the Reds were very interested in signing Tchouameni from AS Monaco last summer. In fact, the report adds that Liverpool had even made an offer worth £75 million (€85 million) for the French enforcer.

However, they were outbid by Real Madrid while the midfielder’s desire to play at the Santiago Bernabeu played against them. In the end, Los Blancos signed Tchouameni in a deal worth €100 million (including add-ons).

The 23-year-old soon settled in at Real Madrid and ensured that Casemiro’s departure to Manchester United was not felt. However, his form has dipped in the second half of the season after the World Cup in Qatar.

Indeed, Tchouameni has fallen behind compatriot Eduardo Camavinga in the pecking order of late. And Liverpool could look to capitalise on it by attempting another move to sign Tchouameni in the summer.

The report adds that it could take at least €100 million (£90 million) for Real Madrid to consider any possibility of parting ways with Tchouameni.

But, it is unlikely that Real Madrid would be open to any sort of operation involving Tchouameni, who is earmarked as a key part of the midfield unit for the future. He still has over five years left on his contract and a move seems impossible as things stand.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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