As a successor for former captain Karim Benzema, Real Madrid was pursuing Tottenham Hotspur star and England striker Harry Kane with great zeal. The Merengues recognised Kane as a top target. They were willing to make a move for the center-forward, for whom Spurs are asking for a cost of €115 million, as Benzema left the team to join Al-Ittihad.
Real Madrid are eyeing Mbappe by putting Harry Kane’s deal on ‘standby’
However, a recent rumour from El Mundo claims that Real Madrid placed their pursuit of Kane on ‘standby’ after discovering the situation of PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe. This Thursday, the French superstar informed PSG in writing that he has no plans to extend his contract beyond 2024. Given that PSG is unwilling to lose their biggest asset for free a year later, it has given rise to rumours about his future. This has made the prospect of selling him this summer extremely serious, and Florentino Perez and company are in pole position to sign him.
It is obvious that Mbappe is a long-term Real Madrid target. Los Blancos are anxious to add him to their ranks this summer after missing out on him on a free transfer last summer. In fact that they are willing to invest over €200 million on Mbappe’s acquisition, while the Spanish capital club is also contemplating offering him a deal worth around €25 million per year (net). Undoubtedly, the Mbappe scenario implies that Kane will be taking a back seat in Real Madrid’s transfer plans for the time being.
There might be insufficient space in the squad to accommodate both Kane and Mbappe, thus Los Blancos have opted to halt the England captain’s pursuit until the situation with the French ace is clarified. Only time will tell whether Real Madrid is successful in luring Mbappe away from PSG or if they are compelled to restart their pursuit of Kane this summer.
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