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Real Madrid’s pursuit of €60 million Chelsea attacker ‘off’ until price is reduced – report

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Real Madrid’s priority heading into the summer transfer window will be to sign forwards to replace the departing quadrant of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard.

They want to look for exciting young players, who can mark a long-term era at the club. At the same time, they want versatile profiles; players who can play across the frontline and facilitate the attack while also scoring themselves.

One of the names on their radar has been Chelsea’s Kai Havertz. The German is linked with an exit this summer as the Blues are looking to raise money through player sales so as to not get into trouble with the Financial Fair Play.

However, it seems that transfer has cooled down as of now, according to Fabrizio Romano, as Chelsea continue to price the player around €60 million, exclusive of bonuses. Madrid are not ready to pay more than €50 million for his services.

Real Madrid do rate Havertz highly, though, with Florentino Perez and Carlo Ancelotti huge fans of the player. They believe he can fit in at Madrid with ease, and consider him one of their ‘dream’ signings.

Havertz’s time at Chelsea has been rather underwhelming since his ±€90 million transfer from Bayer Leverkusen.

His output has decreased from 20 and 18 goal contributions in 2018/19 and 2019/20, respectively to seven, 11, and eight across the next three seasons in the Premier League.

However, he has largely been playing as a striker at Stamford Bridge, while Madrid reportedly consider him to be a player who can play between the lines, and not as a Benzema replacement.

For that role, they are considering the signing of Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur, who will cost them upwards of €100 million. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not ready to part with the Englishman easily, and the transfer could take several weeks of convincing.

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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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