Harry Kane the right sort of player for Real Madrid - Ramon Calderon
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has said the club are "obliged" to sign superstar players and believed they would like to bring in the "outstanding" Harry Kane.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane helped the London side to draw 1-1 at the Bernabeu in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Before the game, there was speculation that Madrid were considering a move for the 24-year-old.
And speaking to Reuters, Calderon -- in charge at Madrid between 2006 and 2009 -- said that the England captain had the right type of profile for the club.
He said: "A club like Real Madrid is obliged to have important players so they can bring in new sponsors, brands, and keep generating more money so they can maintain their current status.
"That money helps you to invest, save and invest again. I suppose Madrid would like to sign Kane -- it depends on a few things, such as the desires of the player and the coach, but without a doubt he is an outstanding player."
In recent years, Madrid have declined to get involved in summer auctions, with mooted targets including Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe moving elsewhere.
Kane would be likely to cost around €150 million, and Calderon said: "He would not be cheap, but when I signed Cristiano Ronaldo for €80 million everyone thought I was crazy -- and look where we are now.
"€150 million is now seen as nothing, it's normal. We no longer know what the limit is."
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan