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Bayern Munich enter race to sign Real Madrid striker target



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Real Madrid’s operation to sign Erling Haaland this summer could be the club’s most ambitious transfer project ever, given how Los Blancos have already outlined the plan to sign Kylian Mbappe.

The Spanish giants are in talks with Frenchman’s entourage over a Bosman deal and an agreement could be reached as early as next week.

However, the pursuit of Haaland is getting trickier by the minute, thanks to the involvement of Manchester City and Barcelona. And if Jan Aage Fjortoft is to be believed, Bayern Munich have joined the race as well, which could further compound Real Madrid’s strategy.

It appears the Bavarians have identified the young Norwegian as an ideal replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who is apparently keen on leaving Allianz Arena in the summer.

Bayern have always remained alert on Haaland’s situation, but have never really entertained the idea of signing him due to the financial implications it could inflict on the club. But the potential exit of Lewandowski in the summer could force them to step up their pursuit, and give Real Madrid a run for their money.

Bayern Munich are no stranger to signing players from their direct rivals, having roped in the likes of Lewandowski, Mats Hummels and Mario Gotze from Dortmund in the past.

They had even signed two RB Leipzig stars last summer, including Dayot Upamecano while poaching head coach Julian Nagelsmann as well.

The pursuit of Haaland, though, could be tricky as reports suggest the operation could cost around €250 million if you factor in the transfer fees, agent commission and player salaries. It might not bode not just for Bayern but Real Madrid as well, who are in a perilous financial situation themselves.

With that in mind, it is certainly unlikely that Los Blancos will be able to sign both Haaland and Mbappe in the summer. But should they do, it will be equally tricky for Carlo Ancelotti to fit them into the same team.

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La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”



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Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.

Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.

Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.

On finances and Mbappe

He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”

“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.

Mbappe will soon be a Real Madrid player. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,

“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.

“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”

Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.

“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”

Praise for Bellingham

Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.

“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”

“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.

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