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Real Madrid defender could be included in deal to sign Harry Kane in the summer

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Real Madrid are dealing with a crunch blow ahead of the summer transfer window, as Karim Benzema is reportedly expected to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad for an offer worth over €200 million across two years.

The Frenchman was a key cog for Madrid across the last two seasons, winning five trophies, and also bagging the Ballon d’Or. He would leave behind a near-impossible legacy to replace, but los blancos have not really had problems replacing key players in the past.

One of the names that has come up as a potential replacement is Tottenham Hotspurs’ Harry Kane. One of the most prolific strikers of this generation, the Englishman is coming off a spectacular 30-goal Premier League season, and could be on his way out this summer.

Signing him will not be easy, though, as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is looking to get around €100-120 million for him from a non-Premier League side. Madrid could use a bargaining chip, though, in the form of Ferland Mendy.

According to SER Deportivos, Madrid’s main goal is Kane, and the club is considering including Mendy in the deal as part of a player-plus-cash trade.

Madrid are the only party interested in Kane, though, especially since the Englishman is touted to leave Tottenham this summer. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are also chasing his signature.

Kane finishes his contract next summer, which puts Tottenham at a risk of losing him on a free transfer. That has not, however, stopped them from slapping a huge price tag on him, as he would be very difficult to replace.

While Madrid would not have any problem coughing up a €100 million sum for Kane, it would impact their plan with Erling Haaland.

The record-Champions League winners were hoping to sign one of Haaland or Kylian Mbappe next summer to take over the reins from Benzema, but the Frenchman’s potential departure has evidently changed things.

Roberto Firmino is also an option for Madrid as the club does not want to ‘spend a lot’ to replace Benzema as per one report, and the Brazilian would arrive on a free transfer.

Real Madrid are also advancing their pursuit to sign Joselu from Espanyol, who were officially relegated last weekend. The Spaniard would act as a backup, essentially taking over the role Mariano Diaz was expected to fill.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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