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Real Madrid youngster’s contract renewal only missing ‘final details’- report



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The hammering in Manchester has not gone down well at the offices at the Santiago Bernabeu. No individual was the single cause of the destruction, and a collective deficit is seen to be the underlying cause.

One of the most glaring deficits of the team on Wednesday night, however, was their poor grip over the middle of the park. Manchester City rode over the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric on the night, cutting off the visitors from their most creative outlets.

Moreover, Los Blancos were left with no activity down the two wings. While Vinicius jr did get the occasional ball, Rodrygo Goes was invisible.

The board see an urgent need to fill the voids in the team. The transfer market is indeed plan A, but other solutions on the club’s horizon could offer an easier fix. Brahim Diaz is one such player.

According to reports from Radio Estadio (h/t Madrid Xtra), Diaz’s renewal with Real Madrid is only a matter of time. Only the ‘final details’ remain to be sorted between the two parties.

The young protege’s renewal was always on the table and would be processed even had the team won last night. However, the cloud of doubt surrounding his immediate future after returning from AC Milan could clear with recent developments.

Diaz is naturally an attacking midfielder by trade but is capable of playing on the wing if need be. In fact, it was out wide that he first made his mark at the club.

Given the need for fresh legs in the middle of the park, it would not be a bad idea for Carlo Ancelotti to nurture the 23-year-old’s talent and utilise his services next season. After all, his numbers for AC Milan this season have been encouraging.

The Spaniard has scored five goals and provided as many assists in 30 Serie A appearances this season and averages close to an hour per game. Further, he averages 1.2 key passes per game and has created nine big chances.

Diaz’s loan at Milan ends in June and he will return to Real Madrid where he has a deal until 2025. While it remains to be seen how many years he extends his commitment by, his involvement under Ancelotti’s command next season is suddenly no longer a distant possibility.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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