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Barcelona Reportedly Tracking Harry Kane and Anthony Martial

Barcelona have reportedly scouted both Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Manchester United forward Anthony Martial this week.  According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Sport Witness), the club's technical secretary Robert Fernandez was at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday to see Kane's Spurs side take on Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. Sport also reported Fernandez was looking at Christian Eriksen and Davinson Sanchez. Mundo Deprtivo reported that the night after, Fernandez made the trip to Lisbon to see United tackle Benfica in the same competition with a view to running the rule over Martial. However, the Frenchman was only on the pitch for the final 14 minutes of their 1-0 win. The Blaugrana want to improve their options in the final third having lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. At the moment Kane is a man that's taking European football by storm with his excellent performances, and he impressed at the Bernabeu in the 1-1 draw. As noted by Dan Kilpatrick of ESPN FC, there was plenty of talk pre-match about Madrid being keen on the striker, too: Of the two La Liga giants, Real Madrid feels a more natural fit for the England international than Barcelona. Kane's physical and direct style of forward play aligns well with Los Blancos' classic mantras. It's easy to see him settling into a side that accommodates the power and poise of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.  Barcelona have always been a lot more careful and technical in their buildup play than their rivals. And while that's not to say Kane isn't a fine footballer, typically the Blaugrana look for movement and neat interplay from their striker. Still, Kane's goalscoring record is enough to make any of Europe's elite clubs look at him. As noted by Squawka Football ahead of the match against Real Madrid, the Spurs man has been as prolific as some of the game's very best in 2017: Martial is the type of forward you'd expect to see Barcelona chasing in the future, especially if they want a similar player to Neymar. Ousmane Dembele, a big-money summer acquisition, can operate anywhere across the front line for the Blaugrana. Martial, while not on the level of Neymar, plays the game in a similar way to the Brazilian, as he seeks to get on the ball wide on the left, drive at the full-back and get into the box to score goals. At United he's not yet cemented a first-team spot under Jose Mourinho, with Marcus Rashford regularly utilised on that flank early in 2017-18. Journalist Peter Hall feels as though there's a place for both in the setup: While Barcelona may be taking admiring glances at both players, neither Spurs or United will be keen on selling such massive assets. Kane is Spurs' talisman and well established as one of the best strikers on the planet, whereas Martial has the potential to go to the very top with the right guidance at Old Trafford. If either Premier League side is going to be convinced to make a sale, a massive amount of money will need to be on the table.Read more World Football news on BleacherReport.com...

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Published By: Bleacher Report - Thursday, 19 October







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