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Real Madrid linked with transfer of three superstars

Real Madrid is expected to have a busy January with high-profile incomings and outgoings

The Classico seems to have prompted Real Madrid President Florentino Perez to dip into the transfer market much earlier than expected. Perez is lining up bids for Tottenham stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

Harry Kane ended the year with back-to-back hat-tricks surpassing Lionel Messi as the player with most goals this calendar year. He also broke Alan Shearer’s 22-year-old record for most Premier League goals in one year.

The Englishman is at the peak of his powers and has been long linked with a move to the Spanish capital. His teammate and compatriot, Dele Alli, is also on Perez’s transfer shortlist. However, unlike Kane, Alli has had an indifferent season so far. Still, Perez is not the one to budge in acquiring his top targets even if it means clashing with Zinedine Zidane.

Don Balon is reporting that Zidane has not sanctioned the transfer of aforementioned duo. However, it seems that the 3-0 loss at the hands of Barcelona seems to have loosened Frenchman’s grip on matters of the transfer market.

If either of the transfer does go through then they are sure to surpass Gareth Bale’s record of the costliest player in Madrid’s history. Talking of the Welshman, Diario Gol reports that Madrid wants to get Bale of their payroll as soon as possible. Gareth Bale recently returned to fitness and has featured as a substitute in each of Madrid’s last three matches.

Gareth Bale's injury record has made him a dispensible part of Real Madrid squad

Gareth Bale’s injury record has made him a dispensable part of Real Madrid squad

The reports go on to state that Madrid is asking for £80 million for the Welsh winger while he is fit. Manchester United and Tottenham are the front-runners in the race to bring Bale back to England. However, none of the interest clubs is willing to go over the figure of £53 million given Bale’s injury record.

This report is in complete contrast with that of Marca who claim that Zidane is willing to sacrifice either Isco or Benzema to reinsert Bale into the first eleven at the turn of the year.

Author’s Take

After the summer they had, Madrid did not their expect their title defence to end halfway through the season. And as always Florentino Perez is willing to splash the cash to shock his squad back into action. Harry Kane and Dele Alli are two of the best talents in England. While Kane is a great match for Real, it is difficult to imagine where Alli would fit in.

Gareth Bale’s case, on the other hand, is slightly more complicated. Bale has been impressive whenever he has been on the pitch. The only problem with him is that his injury-prone body means that he cannot be relied upon anymore. It would be interesting to see whether Madrid persist with him or sell him while the buyers are still available.

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