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.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.