One Hell of a Stop-gap Signing: Former President Makes Astonishing Real Claim

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Ramon Calderon, a former president of Real Madrid, declared the Spanish giants have one true transfer objective this summer: Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, claims talkSPORT.

And if they can’t get him this summer, they are prepared to wait because the Champions League holders are playing a long game in pursuing the 24-year-old, Calderon told reporters.

If it means they must sign a stop-gap striker, then the Real hierarchy are prepared to do just that and identified Robert Lewandowski, 29, as that man.

Real kept the Poland international quiet during their 2 – 1 win in the Champions League semi-final in the Allianz Arena. With 44 goals in 48 appearances for Bayern and Poland this season, Lewandowski is maintaining his prolific goalscoring form.

However, both he and the club are keen for a deal to happen, despite Bayern’s determination that the striker remains in Bavaria.

Calderon likened it to the stance Tottenham will take with Kane, complaining that Daniel Levy would “ask a fortune for him” if Real made an enquiry. Standard operating procedure in the Spanish capital is to get the player to agitate for a move, driving the fee downwards.

Levy, however, is a seasoned negotiator and forced Real to pay close to a then-world record fee for Gareth Bale in 2013.

They expect to pay closer to the fee Neymar Jr, 26, cost Paris St-Germain last summer to persuade Tottenham to sell this time, unless Kane decides to force the move.