Real Madrid’s need for a new centre-forward is clear and the doubt is whether he comes in during January or next summer.
The list of options is not very big, including Neymar for the summer transfer window, while Harry Kane, the top scorer in 2017 ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, is also there.
Are Real seriously considering the Tottenham player? He is certainly liked by the Bernabeu hierarchy who value his progression and his age (just 24), and they have personal reports on him which suggest that he would be an ideal team player.
A stumbling block is the difficulty that comes with negotiating with Spurs owner Daniel Levy and there are rumours that he would want 200 million euros, while also the problems that English footballers have n adapting to life on the continent.
Both these factors will be going through the minds of the Madrid board who know it will not be easy to bring in Kane.
Jose Mourinho tried to bring him to Manchester United last summer but Kane turned down a lot of money to stay with the London club and now Manchester City have also joined the chase for the player who would offer ten million a year which is out of the reach of Spurs.
There is no doubt about the loyalty Kane has for Tottenham and a strong Champions League campaign could also give him an incentive to stay where he is, as is the prospect of playing in the new White Hart Lane.
Last summer, Llorente, Mayoral and Achraf all had offers to leave Real last summer and the club was happy to let them go out on loan but Zidane did not want to lose them, and that remains the case six months later
Jose Urrutia gave a vote of confidence for Ziganda and while the team’s recent results have improved, his position at the club still remains uncertain. Looking ahead to next season, Asier Garitano is a strong option to take his place after his good work with Leganes and his time with the Lezama, Athletic’s youth team.
Leganes want to give a new deal for their coach but it will not be easy. He has been there for five seasons where he has led them to promotion and consolidation in the top flight.