Paul Merson has opined that Karim Benzema is “not in the same class” as Harry Kane, who is the subject of interest from Real Madrid.

In a segment on Sky Sports show Soccer Saturday, pundit Paul Merson has claimed that Real Madrid will definitely make a big offer for Harry Kane. Merson also added that the Tottenham striker is “the best centre-forward in the world” and is in a different league as compared to current Los Blancos first-choice, Karim Benzema.

Kane has been a goalscoring extraordinaire for Tottenham since returning from his loan spell at Leicester City in 2013. Over the last four seasons, the player has been one of the most prolific strikers in world football, standing toe to toe with the best in the game.

In fact, Kane outscored the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and others in 2017, scoring 56 goals across all competitions. And after winning the Golden Boot in the Premier League for the last two seasons, he is leading the race once again, having scored 23 goals in 26 outings.

Suffice to say, Kane has become a player who is on the radar of several top clubs, with widespread speculation heavily linking him with a move to Real Madrid, who are reportedly in search of a striker.

Los Blancos’ struggles in front of goal for the most part this season is well documented, with Cristiano Ronaldo only recently rediscovering his best touch. In particular, the spectacular slump in Karim Benzema’s form has been the biggest undoing for Real Madrid, with the French striker scoring just six goals in 26 outings.

With Borja Mayoral not looking the part either, the need to sign a striker is urgent for Real Madrid, who have identified Kane as their top target. And the player, who has drawn praise from legends of the game and pundits alike, has been hailed by Paul Merson as the “the best centre-forward in the world”, and someone who will have a big offer from Real Madrid in the summer.

“I would be worried if I was Tottenham because money talks. £200 million, or even £160 million is a lot. I can’t see how Real Madrid don’t go for him in the summer for £150-200 million. How’s Benzema playing for Real Madrid? He’s not in the same class as Kane. They’re a million points behind Barcelona and they need a new centre-forward.”

With Real Madrid searching for an inspiration in attack, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if they lodge a hefty bid for Kane in the summer. Indeed, the Englishman’s arrival will take a lot of burden off Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoulders, and it remains to be seen if he ends up making his way to the Bernabeu in the summer.

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