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Haaland’s agent coy about Real Madrid-specific release clause in Man City contract

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After his recent Ballon d’Or award last week, there is little doubt that Karim Benzema is still amongst the greatest strikers in the world. The Frenchman has time and time again proved his quality and less Real Madrid’s forward line by example.

However, when one considers his age, the situation becomes concerning. Already at the dusk of his career, one would not expect the striker to have more than two more years in his tank. With Real Madrid not having any direct backup option, they must sign a new striker of calibre in the coming transfer windows.

Real Madrid’s interest in Erling Haaland is no new topic, and the ties between the two parties seem to have reignited in recent days.

With the Norweigan striker destroying records for fun in the Premier League, Los Blancos are ready to swoop his services at any cost. There have been reports of a release clause existing in Haaland’s Manchester City contract worth €200 million that will come into force in 2024.

Furthermore, some sections of the media have claimed that the clause is particularly favourable for Real Madrid.

In view of the same, Haaland’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, was asked if the striker’s contract with Manchester City had a special release clause for Real Madrid in 2024 by journalist Gianluca Di Marzio in an interview. Responding, she said (h/t AS):

“The good & bad about being a lawyer is that you know what you cannot say.”

While the response does not reveal anything for certain, his reluctance to give a clear negative as a response indicates the possibility of such a clause existing. If so, it would mean that Real Madrid are well placed to secure Haaland’s services in the coming years.

Further elaborating on Haaland, Pimenta backed him to become the first player to break the €1 billion market value, saying:

“He will be the first footballer to be transferred for around €1 billion. He is already worth that amount due to his football value, his image value, his sponsor value and his impact on the market.”

The 22-year-old has scored 15 goals and provided three assists in just 10 league appearances for Manchester City so far this season. Quite simply put, he is a generational talent that Los Blancos cannot afford to miss out on.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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