Manchester City might have pulled off one of the best transfers of the summer window even before it is officially open as they have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign Erling Haaland.
The 21-year-old was one of the most sought-after forwards in the market heading into the summer and was being chased by a host of top clubs, including Real Madrid.
However, Manchester City beat everyone to the punch by signing the Norwegian international, after agreeing to pay his €60 million release clause.
Now German publication BILD has divulged some details of the contract that Haaland will be signing with the Premier League champions.
As per the report, the Borussia Dortmund superstar will be penning a five-year deal with Pep Guardiola’s side. More importantly, it is claimed that the contract will have a release clause worth €150 million embedded in it, which could be triggered after two years i.e., in 2024.
It means that Haaland’s suitors, like Real Madrid, could be able to sign him two years down the line by triggering the exit clause which stands at €150 million.
It could certainly interest Los Blancos, who will need to bring in a replacement for Karim Benzema a couple of seasons down the line. The Frenchman’s current contract expires in 2023, although El Confidencial is reporting that he is set to sign an extension until 2024.
If he does so, Real Madrid can bank on the veteran Frenchman for a couple more years before potentially diverting their interest back towards Haaland.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported earlier this week that the 21-year-old continues to harbour ambitions of playing for Real Madrid and could view Manchester City as a ‘stepping stone’ before realising his dream of joining Los Merengues.
The €150 million release clause coming into force in 2024 allows Real Madrid to continue with Benzema and make the best use of his form before ushering in a new era with the possible acquisition of Haaland as a replacement.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.