REAL MADRID have shelved plans to sign Harry Kane because he lacks the character needed to succeed in Spain, it has been claimed.
Tottenham striker Kane has been tracked by the European champions all season after emerging as one of the most prolific forwards in world football.
The Spanish giants had been considering making a world record £200million bid to sign the England star this summer as part of a major overhaul of their squad.
But now reports in Spain say doubts over Kane’s ability to deal with the pressure of playing for Real, coupled with his huge asking price, have seen that interest cool.
AS say there are concerns the 24-year-old’s “introverted” nature has been a cause for concern in the corridors of power at the Bernabeu.
So now it is claimed manager Zinedine Zidane is ready to switch his focus to taking Robert Lewandowski to the club instead.
Lewandowksi, 29, is heading for an exit from Bayern Munich this summer after deciding he wants a new challenge in his career.
And though Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have all shown interest, Real believe they can be successful in winning the race for his signature.
The Polish striker has been established as one of the best goalscorers in the game for years, having first made his mark with Borussia Dortmund.
Since joining Bayern four years ago he has been even more prolific, regularly finishing Bundesliga top goalscorer and winning three consecutive league titles.
He is likely to be available for a fraction of the cost of Kane, and that has helped convince Zidane he would be the better option as he plans an overhaul of his squad.
Real’s struggles in La Liga this season have highlighted a lack of cutting edge, with Karim Benzema likely to be sold this summer.
There are also doubts over the long-term future of Gareth Bale at the club, with a series of injuries hampering his impact over the past two seasons.
Lewandowski, who has admitted in the past he would love to play for Real, would be a big-enough name to keep frustrated supporters happy.
And it would also leave plenty of money left in the budget to be able to strengthen across other areas of the squad.