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Real Madrid shift focus to Espanyol striker as Tottenham request €100m+ for Kane

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According to AS, Real Madrid are no longer prioritising a move for Tottenham Hotspur superstar and England captain Harry Kane to bolster their attacking unit this summer. Instead, the club will look at Espanyol’s Joselu as an option to reinforce the No. 9 spot.

With Karim Benzema departing for Al Ittihad and Mariano Diaz also leaving, Real Madrid are left with no natural striker in their ranks.

And Kane had been identified as the ideal man to replace the now-departed club captain at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 29-year-old England ace has just one year left on his contract at Tottenham and is said to be keen on moving on to a new chapter in his career.

Los Blancos appeared to be at the front of the queue to sign Kane. However, there seems to have been a change in plans over the past 24 hours or so as Tottenham’s demands of £100 million (€116 million) are being deemed excessive by the Spanish capital club.

Such a huge transfer fee, plus annual wages of around €20 million would take the cost of signing quite high and make his amortisation difficult, especially given that Kane is touching 30.

As such, he is said to be no longer on the club’s shortlist and instead a move for Joselu is being lined up. The 33-year-old will be available for a much cheaper price following Espanyol’s relegation from La Liga and could be a short-term fix before Real Madrid can go for Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland in 2024.

Joselu enjoyed a solid 2022/23 campaign, scoring 17 goals in all competitions despite Espanyol’s relegation. And while he can be a good signing for Real Madrid, going into the campaign with him and the inexperienced Alvaro Rodriguez could be a move fraught with risk.

The Merengues need to sign a top-quality replacement for Benzema and cannot postpone it for next year when they may or may not be able to sign Mbappe or Haaland. As such, abandoning Kane’s pursuit might not be the most prudent move on the club’s part.

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Report: Real Madrid reactivate interest to sign €50 million-rated defender

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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to reactivate the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Spanish football giant has shown interest in the Canadian star for quite some time but has yet to seal the deal. Now, following the conclusion of the Copa America, Real Madrid are reigniting their efforts to sign Davies.

Before the Copa America began, Davies mentioned that he would postpone any decisions about his future until after the tournament. 

With the competition now over, his future remains a hot topic for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are keenly monitoring the situation.

Real Madrid will not meet Bayern’s demand

Real Madrid are hesitant to meet Bayern Munich’s asking price of €50 million for Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025. 

Negotiations between Bayern Munich and Davies’ agent have been ongoing, but they haven’t reached an agreement. Davies is reportedly seeking a significant salary increase, rumoured to be around €20 million per season, which Bayern Munich has declined.

Alphonso Davies is likely to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of this stalemate, Bayern Munich’s management has decided to withdraw their renewal offer, risking the possibility of Davies leaving for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

This development has opened the door for Real Madrid, who are preparing to make an offer that could potentially satisfy Bayern Munich’s demands.

Davies is likely to leave

In Germany, the consensus is that Davies is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Real Madrid being the most probable destination. The situation is fluid, but it appears that the Spanish club is in a strong position to acquire the talented Canadian defender.

For Real Madrid, securing a player of Davies’ calibre would be a significant boost to their squad. The club is known for its aggressive transfer strategies, and bringing in a player like Davies aligns with their goals.

As the summer transfer window progresses, the focus will remain on the negotiations between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Both clubs have a lot at stake, and the outcome will depend on their ability to find common ground regarding the transfer fee and Davies’ salary demands.

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