Cristiano Ronaldo is confident that Real Madrid will bolster their attacking line with the signing of Tottenham striker Harry Kane following the World Cup this summer.
That’s according to reports in the Spanish media this weekend, which claim the Portuguese superstar has held talks with Los Blancos president Florentino Perez over his side’s end-of-season transfer plans.
After winning the Champions League and La Liga last term, Real have had a woeful campaign this term, currently sitting in fourth position in the league table; some 20 points behind runaway leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona. As a result, a large-scale overhaul of their playing squad has been anticipated by pundits.
Real president ‘obsessed’ with Kane
Top of Perez’s list of targets is purported to be England forward Kane, who has been in sensational form again this season, finding the net 33 times in 34 games in all competitions for Spurs and once again leading the Premier League top scoring charts. Spanish outlet Don Balon claim Perez is “obsessed” with the 24-year-old, with the 23-times-capped England international thought to be keen to move to a club with the ambition of Real.
It is believed that no fee has yet been discussed with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, although it has been claimed that former Spurs player Gareth Bale could be used as leverage in any potential move. Some reports have even gone so far as to claim Kane has already agreed to personal terms with Madrid, with some of the top ten betting sites having the 6’2″ striker at odds as short as 7/2 to be plying his trade at the Santiago Bernabeu next season.
Ronaldo: Perez always gets his man
For his part, Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be extremely confident that Kane will be his Real teammate come the end of the summer, attributing this to the determination of Perez to always get what he wants. The 33-year-old is no stranger to the negotiating prowess of the charismatic businessman, with his own future coming under intense speculation in recent months.
With Real fearing losing their marquee player to the Premier League after a miserable loss of form and tension with the club’s hierarchy, it is thought that Perez has made a number of concessions to the Portugal captain – including allowing him to have his say on his side’s summer transfer dealings. In addition to being high on the idea of playing alongside Kane, Diario Gol reports that Ronaldo has urged Perez to sell teammate Isco, amidst rumours of a spat between the two out-of-sorts teammates.
Isco to Liverpool?
Like Ronaldo, attacking midfielder Isco has struggled with consistency this term, and has himself been linked with a number of Premier League sides. Manchester United were thought to be the most likely destination for the 25-year-old, but with Jose Mourinho claiming he does not want to strengthen his side’s attack, The Mirror claim that Liverpool could be amongst the favourites to secure the Spanish international’s signature as they continue to look to replace Philippe Coutinho.
Whichever moves end up transpiring, it is almost certain Real Madrid will have a vastly different-looking side take to the pitch last season as they look to reassert their dominance over Spanish football.