Real Madrid fans would take Harry Kane over Cristiano Ronaldo in the blink of an eye, but neither will participate

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PETE JENSON: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were unloved at Real Madrid in their firsts, so there’s no point getting the old band back together … fans would take Harry Kane over the Portuguese star in an instant, but none of them both will be participating this summer

  • Reports in Spain have linked Cristiano Ronaldo to a return to Real Madrid
  • It could be seen that Ronaldo would rejoin Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in a front three
  • Madrid fans had little affection for Ronaldo and Bale, so this won’t turn them on
  • They would prefer to sign Harry Kane, but that move is highly unlikely this summer

Real Madrid supporters would take Harry Kane’s signing on Cristiano Ronaldo’s return in an instant, but neither the 27-year-old England captain nor the 36-year-old are seen as a viable option this summer.

Kane was announced by Spanish radio on Tuesday as the ‘cheap’ option. But while the Tottenham striker may not have a Mino Raiola figure next to him to massively inflate what he costs to sign, he has Daniel Levy as chairman and a contract until 2024.

Florentino Perez has long been an admirer, but serious interest ended when Kane signed a six-year deal worth a base salary of £ 200,000 a week in 2018. That career switch was a player on his way to becoming a man of one club.

Cristiano Ronaldo (above) has been linked with a return to Real Madrid from Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo (above) has been linked with a return to Real Madrid from Juventus

Despite being Madrid's all-time top scorer, he was only appreciated by fans in his final years

Despite being Madrid's all-time top scorer, he was only appreciated by fans in his final years

Despite being Madrid’s all-time top scorer, he was only appreciated by fans in his final years

Madrid’s interest could be sparked by a change of opinion from Kane, but the contractual situation would still make any transfer almost impossible and no match for Plan A, which remains hopeful that Kylian Mbappé will expire his contract with Paris Saint-Germain .

Ronaldo’s planned return surfaced on Tuesday when Gareth Bale said he would return to Madrid in the summer. Diario AS devoted pages 1, 2 and 3 to the possible reunion of Gareth Bale’s ‘BBC’ forward, Karim Benzema and Cristiano who won four Champions Leagues for the club.

“Seeing the BBC again makes me excited,” said Tomas Roncero, Madrid columnist, of AS. That sentiment is not shared by the Bernabeu who cursed both in their time. Unloved in their prime – although supporters appreciated Ronaldo in his final years at the club – there would be little affection for them now. Getting the old band back together wouldn’t make sense.

Spanish reports are excited about the prospect of the 'BBC' getting back together with Ronaldo, coupled with a return to the Madrid forward alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Spanish reports are excited about the prospect of the 'BBC' getting back together with Ronaldo, coupled with a return to the Madrid forward alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Spanish reports are excited about the prospect of the ‘BBC’ getting back together with Ronaldo, coupled with a return to the Madrid forward alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema (left to right) spearheaded Madrid's Champions League successes from 2016 to 2018

Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema (left to right) spearheaded Madrid's Champions League successes from 2016 to 2018

Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema (left to right) spearheaded Madrid’s Champions League successes from 2016 to 2018

It is true that Real Madrid are still trying to fend off the potentially damaging effects of the entire season behind closed doors. They have yet to agree on a 10 percent pay cut with the players – a pay cut needed to avoid claiming a loss of € 90 million (£ 77 million) this season.

“It is very unlikely that these players will be able to play in LaLiga,” Javier Tebas said last week. “I wish they could come, but we have to be realistic. I don’t think either of these two players will be [signed this summer]

He spoke about Erling Haaland and Mbappé who remain targets for Madrid and Barcelona despite the grim economic reality. Madrid is counting on Mbappé’s desire to play for Madrid and his willingness to drop his current deal.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta hopes that various income-creating plans and his relationship with Raiola can give him a chance to confuse Tebas’ fears about the doomed nature of an offer for Haaland.

Real has also been linked with a switch from Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland

Real has also been linked with a switch from Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland

But signing Haaland or Kylian Mbappé seems to be a challenge given Madrid's finances

But signing Haaland or Kylian Mbappé seems to be a challenge given Madrid's finances

Erling Haaland (left) and Kylian Mbappé (right) are targets, but Madrid can’t afford them

Madrid fans would love it if Harry Kane signs, but Tottenham's asking price will be too high

Madrid fans would love it if Harry Kane signs, but Tottenham's asking price will be too high

Madrid fans would love it if Harry Kane signs, but Tottenham’s asking price will be too high

If Tebas is proven right, both Real Madrid and Barcelona will look to alternative ways of refreshment this summer. Barcelona feels that if they can convince Messi to stay and bring Ansu Fati back from injury, they will get away without getting a big name.

Madrid, with Benzema a one-man band on the offensive so far in terms of quality from reserve forwards Mariano Diaz and Hugo Duro, and the loaned Luka Jovic, have more urgency to do something different.

But paying Juventus € 25m (£ 21m) so they can take Ronaldo back and sit down with Levy to try and get Kane out of North London are solutions that create as many new problems as they solve.

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