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Real Madrid identify 28-goal hitman as Plan B if Harry Kane does not arrive – report

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With Karim Benzema departing for Al Ittihad, Real Madrid are left scrambling in search of a top-quality replacement for their former captain. And, Tottenham Hotspur superstar Harry Kane has emerged as the priority target to fill the giant void left by Benzema’s exit.

The 29-year-old is coming on the back of yet another excellent season personally, has just one year left on his contract with Spurs, and seems primed for an exit.

However, Kane’s price point could become an issue as Tottenham are holding out for €115 million, but Los Blancos are willing to offer only €80 million.

That and given Daniel Levy’s reputation for being a tough negotiator means that Kane’s arrival is far from guaranteed.

As such, Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato is reporting that Real Madrid have identified Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan as Plan B in case Kane does not join this summer.

Martinez is enjoying a fine 2022/23 campaign, having netted 28 goals and set up 11 more from 56 appearances across all competitions for the Nerazzurri, helping them make it to the finals of the UEFA Champions League.

The 25-year-old was also part of the Argentina national team squad that won the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar towards the end of last year.

As per the report, Martinez is a player who is greatly appreciated by the Real Madrid leaders. But given that his contract with Inter runs until the summer of 2026, the Italians could demand a significant fee for their ace goalscorer.

Having lost Benzema, it goes without saying that Real Madrid need to replace him with a top-quality striker this summer, with Kane and Martinez both being fine options.

However, there are some reports that suggest president Florentino Perez might not make a big move for a forward this summer and instead bring in Kylian Mbappe in 2024.

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  1. M.E Leboko

    June 11, 2023 at 4:30 am

    This Florentino Perez must as from know that he is the cause of Real Madrid to be looking so devastated due to his resistance of bringing some legs to the club.
    He is old,senile,of doing things at a pace which does not work for football club.Here still he still thinking a lot about Mbappe,who will still disappoint him the next season he is thinking of.
    There is a need of alternate thinking of taking decisions since Real Madrid so drastically failed last season.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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