Ramon Calderon reveals Real Madrid’s top summer target
Robert Lewandowski is only a stopgap for Real Madrid this summer with Harry Kane their No. 1 strike target, according to Ramon Calderon.
Calderon, Real president from 2006 to 2009, still has ties to the Bernabeu and he believes that Tottenham and England striker Kane is their preferred striking option this summer.
Calderon told The Sun: “The objective for Real Madrid, no doubt, is Kane.
“If they want a player for the next five or six years they are going to go for Kane but [Spurs chairman Daniel] Levy is going to ask a fortune for him.
“As far as I know, Tottenham is not willing to let him go but Bayern also say Lewandowski is not going anywhere.
“[Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge has said he can bet that he will be in Bayern next season but we have heard that so many times, and in my experience it is the player who has the final decision of where to go.”
Real will come up against Poland hitman Lewandowski tonight when the La Liga side travel to Germany to face Bayern Munich in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League.
The 29-year-old striker has scored 44 goals in 47 games for club and country this season and reports suggest he is looking for a move this summer.
Kane on the other hand has made no noises about leaving Spurs and the club are desperate to keep hold of the England marksman.
Although Don Balon reported earlier this month that Kane will snub a possible summer move to Madrid having become tired of their lack of movement.
Despite Spurs’ stance Calderon believes Kane is still a possibility for the Champions League holders and has pointed to the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real from Man Utd for a world record £80million fee in 2009.
Calderon added: “[Sir Alex] Ferguson and many people from Man United were saying, ‘He will stay here, there is no way he is going anywhere,’ and finally we got the agreement.
“We were talking the year before he came and he said, ‘Let me negotiate with my team,’ and finally he decided to come and sign the contract.
“I had the opposite side with Robinho [who left for Manchester City in 2008].
“First you try to convince him but when you know his will is to leave there’s no way you can keep him.”