Analysis: Harry Kane or Kai Havertz – who’s the better option to replace Karim Benzema at Real Madrid?

With Karim Benzema now having left Real Madrid in order to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad, attention will now turn as to who his replacement will be.

It will be a tall order to replace Benzema, who has been an incredible servant over the last 14 years, and especially since 2018 when he became Real Madrid’s talisman, following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid are preparing to spend big this summer, and so far, two names have stuck out from the rest as to possible Benzema replacements: Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Kai Havertz of Chelsea.

Real Madrid are admirers of both players, and there is a possibility that both are signed, as they are different types of strikers and the club needs attackers on the whole, with Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo the only ones at the moment.

However, Marca have reported that Kane is Real Madrid’s preferred target for this summer, while a move for Havertz had been put on the backburners for the time being.

As previously mentioned, both have different styles that would equally benefit Real Madrid. However, on the whole, Kane is the better option for Los Blancos despite being older and, most likely, more expensive.

Kane’s goal record speaks for itself, especially when he has been playing in a sub-par Spurs teammate for the vast majority of his entire career. In the 2022/23 season, he scored a remarkable 30 goals in the Premier League, in a team that finished in eighth place.

However, Kane is an all-round striker, who has an excellent passing range and has the ability to link up with midfielders and wingers, which would make him a very good fit for Carlo Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 system.

The big thing that Real Madrid need to consider when signing a striker this summer is their ability to link up with Vinicius. The Brazilian has been so good over the last couple of seasons due to his relationship with Benzema, which has allowed Ancelotti to get the best out of him.

Kane is ideal for this, as he has had a similar relationship with Heung-Min Son at Spurs, with the South Korean also playing as a left winger. In essence, it should mean that Kane is able to continue Benzema’s work with Vinicius.

Real Madrid are right to prioritise Kane, although it could be difficult to sign him, even despite the fact that he only has a year left on his contract. Spurs are still likely to hold out for a huge fee, which could complicate matters.

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  1. Why Havertz? What speaks for him?
    It should be between Kane and Firmino.
    Havertz make no sense at all. He is nowhere near RM class.

  2. It’s got to be Havertz. He’s a wonderful wonderful player. Kane is not fit to tie Havertz’s shoe laces up. Who ever thinks Kane is better than Havertz needs their head examined. Havertz is the one I tell you. Real Madrid might as well let Harry Kane sign a new contract at Spurs and fester there for the rest of his career. He’s just not that good i’m telling you. Also, I agree with what M.C says in the comments. It has to be either Havertz or Firmino. They’re miles better than that rubbish Harry Kane.

    1. How could you think like that? Kane is much better. It is 100% true. Ah! You must be spur’s fan, lol. You just don’t want to lose your attacker.

  3. When we lost Modric and Bale to Real I started watching La Liga. Ronaldo and Bale (I use to enjoy watching Isco too) were great to watch. Now that there is a chance to see Vinicious Jnr link up with Kane? I would love to see that.. and this is coming from an ardent Tottenham Supporter of more than 50 years!
    Spurs are terrible to watch at the moment and It really upsets me that Kane’s talent is going to waste! He’s going to cost £100 Million but he is worth EVERY penny (Or Euro) He can score goals from anywhere. By the way @Tottenham84. I love what you did there to try and get RM to buy Havertz, but the knowledgable people in football want Kane for a reason and it’s time for a new era @Spurs!

  4. Kane is a better option for Real Madrid because his goals are tough where as havertz can’t even hold and move the ball to score

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