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Real Madrid will go after Premier League goal machine only if price drops to €80m

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It is no secret that Real Madrid are on the lookout for a new striker to replace former captain Karim Benzema.

Even though club president Florentino Perez recently claimed that there will be no more signings after the arrival of Joselu, the Merengues remain in the market for a new centre-forward, with Kylian Mbappe firmly on their radars.

However, if there is no movement on that front, Real Madrid could turn their attention back to Tottenham Hotspur and England superstar Harry Kane.

The 29-year-old had been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu quite heavily in recent times, but the links started to fade as the Merengues turned their focus towards the Mbappe saga.

Furthermore, Tottenham’s €115 million valuation of the player was seen as too steep for a player who will soon turn 30 and has only one year left on his contract.

But, according to journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin (h/t RM4Arab), Real Madrid will make a move for Kane this summer, if Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is willing to lower his valuation to €80 million.

However, that could prove to be too big a hurdle to cross, given the reputation that Levy has as a difficult negotiator. Real Madrid experienced that during negotiations to sign Luka Modric and Gareth Bale around a decade ago.

Kane has been a goal machine in the Premier League for a long while now, but has nothing to show for in terms of trophies. That, coupled with his contract situation, has given way to speculations that the England captain is ready to move on from Spurs in order to achieve his career ambitions.

Manchester United had also been linked with a move for the 29-year-old, but Levy has no desire to sell him to a Premier League rival, despite Kane wanting to stay in England to chase down Alan Shearer’s all-time goalscoring record.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, their interest in Kane has not died down completely. But, a move will only be considered if Spurs would lower their asking price for their ace goalscorer to €80 million.

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Real Madrid to start pre-season today with only seven first-team members

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Today, according to a report from MARCA, only seven first-team players from Real Madrid’s first team will be returning to training at Valdebebas.

These players are Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Jesus Vallejo, Fran Garcia, Dani Ceballos, and Brahim Diaz.

Real Madrid and their manager, Carlo Ancelotti, are gearing up for what could be their most demanding season ever. 

With seven major titles on the line, including the European Super Cup, La Liga, the Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup, they are set to play a staggering 68 games across all competitions over the next 11 months.

However, before diving into these intense competitions, the team will embark on a pre-season tour in the United States, where they will play three friendly matches against Milan on July 31, Barcelona on August 4, and Chelsea on August 7.

Limited firearms in the arsenal

Currently, however, only a few players have returned to training, while the rest are still enjoying their vacations following their extended participation in the European Championship and Copa America.

For those who are at the club, the challenge begins today at Real Madrid City, starting with medical tests in the morning and the first training session in the afternoon. 

Carlo Ancelotti will have only seven first-team members in the training today. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Ancelotti will initially have a limited squad due to the absence of international players, who will join the team gradually after their holidays. 

For now, the seven players who have returned will train alongside Castilla players, who are also starting their training today to help fill out the first team sessions. 

Need for new signings

Ancelotti’s current squad consists of 22 players, including two goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders, and five forwards. 

This season will see significant changes, with the departure of legends like Toni Kroos and Nacho, as well as Joselu, one of the heroes from their last Champions League campaign.

On the positive side, the squad will be boosted by the arrival of superstar Kylian Mbappe and promising young talent Endrick. Kepa Arrizabalaga is also absent, but his return is still possible, depending on the situation with Lunin, whose future with the club remains uncertain. 

Additionally, the continuity of Dani Ceballos is in question, and Real Madrid is working on signing Leny Yoro to strengthen their defence.

As the summer progresses, these moves will help finalize the squad that Ancelotti will rely on to tackle the daunting task of competing for seven major titles. 

The preparation and integration of new and returning players will be crucial for Real Madrid as they aim to make history in the upcoming season.

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