Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has identified wantaway Tottenham striker Harry Kane as an ideal replacement for the outgoing Karim Benzema.
But the Merengues won’t pay over the odds to acquire the England skipper’s services, with the maximum ceiling for the transfer set at €60 million.
The England captain has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, who have made him their priority signing ahead of the summer transfer window.
However, it seems Erik ten Hag could face some heated competition for Kane, with Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid registering an interest in the 29-year-old.
Real Madrid’s urge to sign a centre-forward comes on the back of the fact that star striker Karim Benzema’s future is now up in the air.
The Frenchman has received a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia, worth up to €200 million for two years, along with other benefits, with many Spanish reports claiming that Benzema is, at this point, closer to leaving Real Madrid than staying put.
The Merengues also hold an edge over Manchester United in the race for Kane, as Spurs are exploring the opportunity of selling their prized striker to a foreign club so he does not join a Premier League rival.
However, the situation is complicated for Real Madrid as they have not budgeted a big chunk of their finances for a striker this summer.
Due to this reason, Florentino Perez could look to structure a Kane deal for less than €60 million.
Either way, it looks like Real Madrid have decided that another striker is needed.