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Real Madrid could include €35 million-rated defender in Harry Kane operation

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With Karim Benzema confirming the news of his shock exit from Real Madrid this past weekend, the Spanish capital giants have been left scrambling in the market to find a suitable replacement.

There are not many names who can provide the same number of goals and the quality and leadership that Benzema brought to the table.

As such, Tottenham Hotspur superstar and England captain Harry Kane has been identified as the top priority to fill in the shoes left vacant by the Frenchman. It is believed that the 29-year-old, who is entering the last year of his contract with Spurs, could cost €115 million.

But, according to a report from SER Deportivos, Real Madrid do not intend to pay more than €80 million to sign the England captain this summer. Instead, they are considering the possibility of offering Ferland Mendy as part of the deal to land him.

Mendy has been put up for sale by the Merengues this summer after growing frustrated over his recurring fitness woes. With Fran Garcia already set to arrive, the club are planning a move for another left-back, with Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies on the agenda.

Mendy, whose current market value is around €35 million, has previously been linked with a move to Tottenham. As such, Real Madrid could look to capitalise on the Lilywhites’ interest in the French defender by using him as a makeweight in the Kane operation.

The report further states that Los Blancos plan on offering a three-year contract worth €15 million per season to Kane. On top of that, they are understood to have made contact with the superstar striker’s brother and agent, Charlie.

Ideally, Real Madrid wish to finalise the operation before the second week of July, but Tottenham are in no hurry and president Daniel Levy could drag out negotiations until August.

3 Comments

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  1. Cleve

    June 6, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    Weird, I just looked at Madrid’s defenders yesterday and came up with Mendy as a makeweight in a Kane purchase.

  2. Superspurs

    June 6, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    Daniel Levy will soon tell them where to stick their 80 million

  3. Jackie Richards

    June 6, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    Why would we want an injury prone left back?

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Real Madrid still waiting to see the best version of 24-year-old midfielder

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Midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has been at Real Madrid since 2023 but the Frenchman still hasn’t convinced the club’s hierarchy entirely, reports MARCA.

At just 24 years old, Tchouameni was signed for a staggering €80 million, a fee that could rise to €100 million with additional bonuses. This substantial investment reflects the high hopes that Real Madrid had for him, but so far, he has not lived up to those expectations.

Upon his arrival, the young midfielder’s potential sparked a fierce bidding war two seasons ago, with several top clubs vying for his signature. 

Ultimately, Tchouameni chose Real Madrid, but not before the club shelled out a considerable amount of money to secure his services.

A valiant effort to replace Casemiro

Initially, Tchouameni was brought in as a replacement for the legendary Casemiro. However, he has struggled to fill those big shoes and his performances have been inconsistent, with moments of brilliance interspersed with matches where he fails to make a significant impact. 

While he possesses excellent technical skills, his creativity and ability to influence the game are often questioned. As a result, he has yet to win over the Real Madrid fans.

One of Tchouameni’s strengths is his age. At 24, he still has plenty of room to grow and improve. He understands the high standards that Real Madrid demand from the players and is committed to reaching that level. 

Real Madrid still have hope

Aurelien Tchouameni hasn’t convinced the Real Madrid board entirely. (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

The club hopes that he will continue to develop and eventually become a leader in the midfield, especially in the absence of veterans like Toni Kroos. 

However, for this to happen, Tchouameni needs to step up and take charge on the field, asserting himself as a player his teammates can rely on.

Tchouameni’s reserved playing style has even caused coach Carlo Ancelotti to doubt whether he is the right fit for the midfield. As a result, the Italian has considered shifting him to a centre-back position due to his aerial ability and strong positioning. 

When called upon to fill in for injured players like David Alaba and Eder Militao, Tchouameni has performed admirably. In fact, Ancelotti once also chose him over Nacho.

Injuries have not helped his case

It must be noted that injuries have plagued Tchouameni’s time at Real Madrid, causing him to miss 20% of the matches since joining the team. 

Additionally, Ancelotti has kept him on the bench for another 20% of the games over the past two seasons. This means that Tchouameni has been a starter in only 55% of the matches under Ancelotti’s management. 

His absences have gone largely unnoticed, as he missed four of the six Champions League group matches and the final, having little impact on the team’s overall performance.

In summary, Tchouameni remains a work in progress at Real Madrid. His potential is undeniable, but he has yet to fully realize it on the field. 

With time on his side and a clear understanding of what is expected of him, the hope is that he will eventually rise to the challenge and become a key player for the team. Until then, Tchouameni’s journey at Real Madrid continues to be one of promise and uncertainty.

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