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Why Harry Kane to Real Madrid is the perfect transfer amid 200m claim

The Englishman could finally fulfil what his career has promised at the Santiago Bernabeu

Harry Kane could be set to complete a perfect transfer for all parties should he join Real Madrid this summer.

In the wake of the news that Karim Benzema is calling time on his Real Madrid career after 14 years with the Spanish giants, it has emerged that Los Blancos have set their eyes on the Englishman as his potential replacement, with England’s captain Carlo Ancelotti’s no.1 choice for the role.

Down to the final year of his contract in north London, Kane is thought to be considering his options this summer after another disappointing season with Tottenham. Knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 stage thanks to a tepid performance against AC Milan, Spurs will not even have European football to offer next season after being pipped to a spot in the UEFA Conference League by Aston Villa.

Still without any trophies in his career, Kane is thought to be keen to challenge for major honours, which has seen him push for a move away in the past when he attempted to force a move to Manchester City in 2021, only for Levy to block the proposal.

Manchester United are thought to be keen to add Kane to their ranks this summer, but Tottenham don’t want to sell to a Premier League rival, and very few other sides around Europe could afford the England captain.

Real Madrid, however, could. Challenging for multiple honours every season, they are now in need of a new focal point and Kane could prove just that, adding goals and potentially trophies to an already glittering career and following the path trodden by Gareth Bale and Luka Modric before him.

He has already surpassed Tottenham’s all-time goalscoring record, an achievement he managed with a winner against Manchester City in February, but seems more intent on breaking records than winning trophies.

There is another problem too. In chasing that he may lose the chance at the second. A move to a Premier League club will likely not happen until Kane is a free agent, something that will be in 2024 at the earliest. By that point, Manchester United will have found a new striker, with the Red Devils seeking a first-choice no.9 this summer, while moves to London rivals Chelsea or Arsenal seem unlikely.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, will have completed the signing of teenager Endrick, who will join the Spanish giants in 2024, while Kylian Mbappe will also be back on the table after confirming he would remain at PSG this summer. Factor in Erling Haaland remaining at Manchester City and clubs where he realistically could vie for major silverware begin to dry up.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is thought to be holding out for £200m this summer to sell Kane, but with Spurs in need of a major rebuild themselves and money seemingly tight in north London, he may be best placed cashing in and allowing Kane to leave England.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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