Real Madrid Finds £177 Million Premier League Replacement For Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid is considering making a £177 million (about $235 million) offer for Tottenham striker Harry Kane next summer, according to reports in Spain.

Kane has stood out as one of the most prolific players in the Premier League in recent years, finishing the last two seasons as top scorer. The England striker, who only turned 24 in July, has scored 13 times in his last eight games for club and country.

Such numbers are reminiscent of only two players in world football: Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Messi is the only player to have more goals than Kane this season in Europe’s top leagues.

According to Spain’s Don Balon, Kane’s continuous prolificity has caught the attention of the Madrid and they will not be scared off by a €200 million price tag, which equates to about £177 million.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain, October 1. Denis Doyle/Getty

Kane signed a new deal at White Hart Lane in December, which would keep him at the club until 2022, but his wages only reach £120,000-a-week–relatively low for a player of Kane’s ability.

He would, also, not be the first player to trade the Lily White of Spurs for the Los Blancos of Spain. Four years ago, Gareth Bale became the most expensive footballer in the world when he signed for Madrid from Tottenham for £86 million, joining Luka Modric who had made the same move a year before.

Both have thrived since signing, winning the Champions League three times, La Liga once and a Copa del Rey. While Spurs has improved dramatically under Mauricio Pochettino’s guidance, becoming one of the most complete team’s in English football, the Argentine is yet to win any silverware.

Spurs chased Leicester City for the majority of the way in 2016 before falling away in the last weeks of the season, finally finishing third. Then, Pochettino’s team was the only competition for Chelsea throughout the last campaign, ending as runner-up.

Kane’s importance to the team is clear, scoring a third of the team’s goals last season and half so far for this campaign. The lure of silver in Madrid is strong for most players, but Tottenham will, once again, be desperate to resist.

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