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The view from Spain: Real Madrid fans want Premier League star this summer

We went to El Clasico to discuss who Los Blancos supporters want their club to target over the coming months

I had the huge privilege of being at one of the best El Clasicos in years on Sunday night as Barcelona overcame their great rivals Real Madrid with the last kick of an enthralling contest.

Much of the narrative in the build up revolved around whether Barca could blow the La Liga title race wide open, which Lionel Messi duly did with one swipe of his majestic left foot.

The atmosphere prior to kick off was electric

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The atmosphere prior to kick off was electric

I spent the majority of the day leading up to the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu chatting and listening to Real Madrid fans about, among other things, what their view of the Premier League is.


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The likes of Eden Hazard, David De Gea and Dele Alli reportedly top their summer wishlists, with Real tipped to make another summer raid on one of England’s elite clubs.

But who do the fans really want?

Well their verdict is a little different, as season ticket holder Rafa explained to me.

“Real needs a proper number five to develop the spine of the team,” he said.

“Casemiro is a good player but he’s not good enough long-term for Real Madrid.

“[N’Golo] Kante at Chelsea is the best at the moment and he’s so similar to Makelele, who has never been replaced since he left Real.”

Kante won PFA Player of the Year on Sunday

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Kante won PFA Player of the Year on Sunday

Now Casemiro may have been lucky to escape a red card on Sunday but when he was withdrawn by Zinedine Zidane halfway through the second half, Real lost all sense of protection in front of their back four.

Kante’s exploits over the last two seasons, which saw him crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night, clearly haven’t been lost on Madrid fans though who see him as a massive upgrade.

But who else do they desire this summer?

Ronaldo reportedly told Lewandowski to move to the Bernabeu

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Ronaldo reportedly told Lewandowski to move to the Bernabeu

Well when you’re a global marketing power house like Real you can attract just about anyone on the planet.

The likes of Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero have all been linked with a move to revitalise their attacking line, especially with Gareth Bale’s injury issues and Karim Benzema’s uncertain future.

Griezmann tops Real fans’ wishlist

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Griezmann tops Real fans’ wishlist

But Madrid fans want – and genuinely believe – they can get someone a little bit closer to home.

“We [Real] need a number nine,” said Eduardo, another season-ticket holder.

“Lewandowski would be good but I have this feeling [Antoine] Griezmann could happen.

“He keeps refusing to deny the rumours about Real and you can tell something is up. He’d be the perfect acquisition.”

Could Griezmann do the unthinkable and swap Atletico Madrid for their arch rivals?