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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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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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