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Real Madrid identify Chelsea attacker as bizarre Karim Benzema replacement

Los Blancos want to bolster their frontline this summer

Real Madrid have identified Chelsea striker Kai Havertz as an option to replace the seemingly outgoing Karim Benzema this summer after being warned that Harry Kane is not for sale this summer.

Benzema is considering a mammoth offer from Saudi Arabia to join former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in the middle east, with Saudi sources thought to be confident that they can lure the Frenchman away from the Spanish capital this summer.

Los Blancos have already agreed a deal to bring teenage sensation Endrick to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2024, when the player turns 18, but require cover in the more short term to bridge the gap as they look to reclaim the La Liga title from Barcelona, who clinched it this campaign.

They were thought to be keen on a move for Harry Kane, but Tottenham are determined not to lose their talisman this summer even if they risk losing him for free in 12 months’ time.

According to Marca, one of the names that they are considering is Kai Havertz, who has struggled for goals during his time in west London.

The German arrived in 2020, but has found the net just 32 times in 139 games for the club, including seven in the Premier League this season.

There is also the question of how much Chelsea would demand to let him go, with Havertz under contract until 2025 and having been signed for a mammoth £75m from Bayer Leverkusen, which the Blues would understandably want to recoup plenty of.

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Ben Browning

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