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Real Madrid not prepared to spend over €100m for Ancelotti’s preferred No. 9 target

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Over the past few weeks, Real Madrid have been linked with a plethora of centre-forwards, following the surprise departure of former captain Karim Benzema.

One of the players mentioned most as a target is Tottenham Hotspur superstar Harry Kane. The 29-year-old England captain is entering the final year of his contract at the North London outfit and is considering an exit so that he can win trophies.

And, as per a report from Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, while Real Madrid did consider the possibility of making a move, they never really believe there was a ‘realistic’ chance of a move.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti wanted Kane as his preferred option to reinforce the No. 9 position owing to the complications that would be involved in the pursuit of other targets like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

And the Italian conveyed the same to club president Florentino Perez and CEO Jose Angel Sanchez during a meeting in early June. Both the officials were on board with the idea as well and promised Ancelotti that efforts would be made to sign Kane.

However, at the same time, the Real Madrid boss was also warned that there would be complications in the pursuit and the operation would be difficult to complete due to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Los Blancos are aware of Levy’s reputation as a difficult negotiator, which made them believe that the transfer was never ‘realistic’.

Furthermore, Real Madrid were aware that Kane would cost in excess of €100 million in the summer and they were not prepared to spend so much on a player considering that his contract has just one year left and that he turns 30 next month.

So, despite Kane being open to the idea of a move to Real Madrid and Ancelotti preferring a move for him, there was never a realistic chance of the transfer materialising. And the operation took a further hit with the Kylian Mbappe saga re-emerging again.

Instead, Kane could now be on his way to Bayern Munich, with the Bavarian giants tabling an initial €70 million offer which will very likely be dismissed by Spurs.

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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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