As reported yesterday, Tottenham Hotspur superstar Harry Kane is on his way to Bayern Munich, with the two clubs reaching an agreement over a deal worth more than €100 million.
It is no secret that Kane was on Real Madrid’s radar this summer following the departure of Karim Benzema.
The 30-year-old England captain was a player that manager Carlo Ancelotti specifically requested to reinforce the No. 9 slot.
But, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and CEO Jose Angel Sanchez ruled against the move, reports Mario Cortegana of The Athletic.
Real Madrid had concerns about Kane
As per the report, Ancelotti had asked for the signing of Kane from Tottenham, but the club’s higher-ups were not convinced by the operation and had some concerns.
For starters, Kane turned 30 this summer and his age was a factor in Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez not sanctioning a move.
Another major issue for the Merengues’ administration was the Tottenham ace goalscorer’s adaptability, given that he has spent his entire career in England.
As such, Perez and Sanchez were reluctant to splash the big bucks on the signing of Kane.
The Daniel Levy factor
Apart from the aforementioned concerns, Real Madrid were also not looking forward to negotiating with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.
Los Blancos have had the experience of negotiating deals with Levy in the past, having signed Luka Modric and Gareth Bale from Spurs.
And, the report states that they ‘feared’ entering into talks with the Tottenham chairman, knowing that they would be unwilling to pay what he would ask for the 30-year-old centre-forward.
Another reason why Real Madrid passed up on Kane would be their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe and how investing heavily in the England captain might hamper their plans for the PSG superstar, who became available on the market this summer.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.