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Report: Real Madrid considering Kane, Havertz to replace Benzema

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Preparations for life without Karim Benzema have already begun at Real Madrid.

With the prolific French striker reportedly destined for the Saudi Pro League, Los Blancos have shifted their attention to finding a replacement and identified Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane as a summer target, according to The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg.

Tottenham will likely be reluctant to part with the 29-year-old English striker, but Kane, who has one year left on his contract, could put the north London side and chairman Daniel Levy in an awkward situation if he demands a transfer this summer.

Manchester United have also been linked with Kane, who's fresh off his second-career 30-goal season in the Premier League.

Real Madrid is reportedly also considering Chelsea forward Kai Havertz as an option.

The Blues are open to selling the Germany international, who has informed Chelsea of his desire to leave, but are expected to demand a fee worth up to £75 million for the 23-year-old, reports The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg.

Havertz has struggled to live up to expectations since moving to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020. However, he'll always be a club hero after scoring the winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final against Manchester City.

Benzema, meanwhile, is leaving Real Madrid after more than a decade in the Spanish capital. He's expected to sign a lucrative deal to play with Saudi club Al-Ittihad.

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