Real Madrid target £200m Premier League pair as Zidane makes plan to shake up Bernabeu attack

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Real Madrid are desperate to find a replacement for striker Karim Benzema in January, with the Frenchman continuing to frustrate at the Santiago Bernabeu.

At 29, Benzema is reaching the end of his peak years, and although he has given eight years service to the Spanish giants, helping them win two LaLiga titles and three Champions Leagues, Los Blancos are looking to move on as early as this coming winter.

According to Don Balon, their first option is to sign Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean’s contract expires next summer and by the time the transfer window reopens in the New Year, he will be free to negotiate with other clubs ahead of a free switch in the summer. But if Real Madrid are to move for him, they will do so in January and could pay a fee to Arsenal to beat off the competition; late bids were made for him from Manchester City in August, and although the deal could not be struck, the suggestion is Pep Guardiola will return for his former Barcelona player in the future.

There is no doubting Sanchez’s supreme talent, having scored 19 Premier League goals despite a disappointing campaign for the Gunners last season, but there are a few issues with this deal. First off, he, like Benzema, is not getting any younger, and he left Barcelona because he was not the star attraction, which he patently would not be in Madrid, playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

Plan B, per the same article, for Florentino Perez is Tottenham Hotspur’s homegrown sensation Harry Kane. The England striker has developed into one of Europe’s finest marksman and, at just 24, he is a much more viable option than Sanchez long-term. But as a huge Spurs fan and a man who scored 29 goals in just 30 league games last season, it would take all of Real Madrid’s powers of persuasion to attempt to lure him away from his beloved club.

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But having done so with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric in the past, as well as countless other world class players, you wouldn’t put it past Real to bring him in either in the summer or January. With £200million in the bank, there is no reason why they have to pick between Kane and Sanchez either. What a strikeforce Zinedine Zidane would have at his disposal if these deals were to be pulled off by the president…

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