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Real Madrid, Barcelona in El Clasico war for 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, contacts made



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According to a report from SPORT, Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to go head-to-head in the race to sign Benjamin Pavard.

The Bayern Munich defender is frustrated with his life in the Bundesliga and wants to leave the club as soon as possible. The player has had issues with the coach and is not entirely happy in Bavaria. His performances have also left a lot to be desired.

As such, Bayern are expected to open the door for him to leave in the upcoming January transfer window. The Frenchman is not expected to cost a fortune either, as his current contract expires in 2024.

This has put both Barcelona and Real Madrid on red alert. The report suggests both the club have already contacted the player’s representatives over a move to Spain in the near future.

While Barcelona have identified Pavard as the ideal long-term fix to their right-back problems, Real Madrid are scouting the former Stuttgart starlet as their part of their plans to add more competition for Dani Carvajal.

The veteran defender has had injury issues in the recent past. In addition, the preferred alternative Lucas Vazquez will be entering the final year of his contract next summer, thus accentuating the need for a new right-back.

That is where Pavard fits into the bill. The Frenchman is young and offers extensive experience at the highest level of football. He is not expected to cost a fortune either, making him an ideal candidate for Real Madrid in their quest to reinforce the right-back unit.

However, with Barcelona also involved in the chase, it will be interesting to see who comes out on the top in the race to sign the Bayern Munich star this January.

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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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