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Real Madrid closing in on a €10 million move for Kramer

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Per Cadena COPE's Paco González, Real Madrid are giving up on the Lucas Silva transfer and have set their looks on German midfielder Cristoph Kramer. The player, who is on a loan deal with Borussia Mönchengladbach, belongs to Bayer Leverkusen, and apparently Real Madrid would be trying to acquire him for €10 million.

Kramer is 23 years old, and recently won the FIFA World Cup with Germany, starting in the Final but leaving the game in the first half with a concussion. While he's a good defensive midfielder, Kramer likes to break through and play under that box-to-box role that Sami Khedira has developed with Real Madrid over the last few years.

Kramer's ceiling might be a bit lower than Silva, though it's true that the German is certainly more ready to contribute in European football, as Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva would need some time to adapt to the new style of play. If Ancelotti and his coaching staff want a player who is able to make an impact now and fill Modric and Khedira's shoes, Kramer might indeed be the one player chosen.

Carlo Ancelotti weighed in this rumor and confirmed after the match against Ludogorets that he likes Kramer.