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Man City superstar’s message to Real Madrid after last year’s UCL tie: “Tell Perez to sign me”



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Very few, if any players in world football, would turn down the chance to play for Real Madrid. The Spanish institution’s historic successes and stories make them one of the most sought-after clubs globally, even for players in other top European outfits.

According to reports from MARCA, Bernardo Silva is one such player. The Manchester City star has always dreamt of donning the special white colour of Madrid and even jokingly offered his services to the club when talking to an unnamed Real Madrid player after last season’s UCL semifinal.

“Tell the president [Florentino Perez] to sign me, that I want to play here.”

The Portuguese star is one of Pep Guardiola’s most lethal weapons in the final third and already has two goal contributions in this season’s UEFA Champions League. While he is still at the peak of his powers, the chances of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu appear bleak for Silva.

The Manchester City star is well-placed to start against Carlo Ancelotti’s men later today when the two European giants face off once again in the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League.

The two-legged tie gives him another chance to flaunt his talent in front of the Real Madrid administration but it does not appear that much good can come off it.

Los Blancos are currently looking only for young talents to invest their resources in. Short-term gains do not appeal to Real Madrid anymore, and they thus see Jude Bellingham as a far better option to reinforce the midfield in June.

Silva, on the other hand, is already nearing 29 years of age and his contract in England runs until the summer of 2025. Moreover, given that City could demand at least €80 million for his transfer, an approach from Madrid is unlikely.

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‘Operation Havertz’ collapses as Real Madrid determine Tottenham striker as ‘urgent’ signing



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Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA has provided an update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Chelsea forward Kai Havertz, claiming that the operation has collapsed completely and the German international will not be joining the Merengues this summer.

Instead, Real Madrid have identified Tottenham Hotspur and England superstar Harry Kane as the top priority and an ‘urgent’ signing for the summer.

With Los Blancos set to bid goodbye to several attackers, they are left with just Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes as senior options in the final third at the moment. So, there will be multiple forwards brought in this summer to make up for the losses.

Havertz was said to be one such player who was well-liked within the club. In fact, reports in Germany stated that the 23-year-old was already on his way to Real Madrid in the summer.

However, that does not appear to be the case as the report from MARCA states that the operation to sign Havertz from Chelsea has already collapsed.

It is claimed that Real Madrid never made any move for the former Bayer Leverkusen ace, while it is also being suggested that he is going through the process of renewing his contract at Stamford Bridge.

While Havertz might no longer be an option on the table, the Merengues are prepared to make a concerted push to sign Kane from Tottenham.

Carlo Ancelotti considers the 29-year-old the ideal replacement for Karim Benzema and wants to sign him up as soon as possible.

However, Real Madrid do not intend to pay over the top for the England striker and will not offer more than €80 million for him. Instead, there may be a possibility that Ferland Mendy could be offered as a makeweight.

Kane’s contract expires next year and with no European football on offer, Tottenham are in a difficult position to keep hold of their ace goalscorer. But negotiations with Daniel Levy are never easy, as Real Madrid learnt in the past in the cases of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

So, it remains to be seen if Los Blancos are successful in completing the ‘urgent’ and ‘necessary’ signing of Kane in the coming weeks.

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