According to the Telegraph, Real Madrid are considering a move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. The Portuguese winger turns 32 in March and his position at the Santiago Bernabeu has started to come under threat as performances have dropped.
The English striker has been in red-hot form this season and has led his team into Premier League contention. The 23-year-old, who arrived at White Hart Lane club in 2004 from Watford has scored 19 goals in all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
His form has attracted the attention of Real boss, Zinedine Zidane, with the French boss not shy to show his appreciation of Kane’s performances this season – also praising English teammate Raheem Sterling.
“I don’t think England are favourites but they still have some very good players,” the legendary French star added. “They were very strong in qualifying, so I’m sure they will arrive in France thinking they have a chance.”
Los Blancos are known for their tough transfer policy, usually targeting the biggest stars in European football. However, unlike the deals for Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, Kane’s transfer could be harder to complete now that Spurs are Premier League title contenders – and likely to feature in the Champions League.
Kane has shown loyalty with the London club so far and a determination to stay and concentrate on Spurs success. Mauricio Pochettino is building his team around Kane as the central figure – whereas at Real he would have to fight with Karim Benzema for a place in the starting XI.
Zidane may be a fan of the forward, but it might take more than that to convince Kane to leave London for the bright lights of Madrid.