The light at the end of the tunnel is a relieving sight, for it represents the fruit of a long and hard-fought struggle. In the case of Erling Haaland’s transfer, the tunnel has been long and weary.
For over a year, top European clubs have been behind the Norweigan international’s signing. Teams from across the world presented their interest in the striker, but only two remain in the running now.
Real Madrid and Manchester City are the two teams still alive in the hunt. However, there was a lot of speculation over whether the youngster prioritised money or the sporting project.
According to reports from Jose Felix Diaz (h/t theMadridZone), the player is satisfied with both the economic proposals on the table and does not use them as a differentiating factor. Haaland will choose the best project, for the money does not matter to him.
The Dortmund star has not yet decided between the two European giants, nor has he communicated anything. A decision is expected in the coming months.
Haaland’s environment are said to be expecting a commission of around €70 million for their client’s transfer, out of which €40 million is for the agent Mino Raiola. Needless to say, this figure is above the €75 million release clause that Los Blancos will have to trigger.
Despite initial reports of friction between Haaland and Kylian Mbappe playing together, that ship seems to have passed. Recent updates suggest that the Frenchman would love to play alongside the Norweigan, bringing music to the ears of the Los Blancos faithful.
Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.