The saga of Erling Haaland’s transfer seemed to have finally caught speed last month when Real Madrid and Manchester City were said to be the only two candidates capable of landing the striker. However, the progress has once again hit a roadblock after that.
According to reports from Bild via Diario AS, the reason for stalled talks between the parties is a surplus condition from the player’s representatives.
Mino Raiola and the player’s father, Alf Inge, are said to be asking for an extra €70 million as personal bonuses for completing Haaland’s transfer. This new demand has seen Manchester City hesitate and stall talks.
The Premier League side are willing to put in a total of €350 million in the form of bonuses, termination clause and salary to bring the striker home. However, they are not willing to pay the additional amount commanded by his environment.
Haaland prefers a move to Madrid but is not a fan of the idea of waiting a season to secure the move. The Norweigan international is keen to make a move this summer and start a new chapter in his story.
Whether Los Blancos are willing to shell out the extra money this window remains to be seen, but Haaland’s preference for the Spanish side gives them a slight edge. At the moment, the race for the young star is still unpredictable.
Though Dortmund remain hopeful of renewal, that ship seems to have sailed. A decision from the player is expected in the next two weeks, and Los Blancos will have to be on their feet to ensure that they steal the deal.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.