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Haaland’s agent remains coy on release clause amid Real Madrid links: “It’s a mystery”

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Erling Haaland has been making waves across European football with his blazing performances for Manchester City. The striker has already bagged 52 competitive goals for the English club, breaking all sorts of records in the process.

In light of Haaland’s good performances, reports of a potential exit have already started surfacing, with many pointing to his reported release clause worth around €200 million that can be applicable from 2024.

Real Madrid have emerged as one of the potential destinations for Haaland, should he depart Etihad in the near future. Reports suggest the club could make a move for the player in 2024.

Reacting to this widely reported release clause, Haaland’s agent Rafaela Pimenta has recently compared the clause to a ‘Treasure Island’ as no one is aware of the exact details of the terms.

“The release clause into Haaland’s contract is a mystery, it reminds me of the Treasure Island. No one knows. I like it,” she told MD (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

When asked about the release clause potentially being removed following the contract extension of Pep Guardiola, Rafaela refused to comment. “Clause removed after Pep signed new deal? No comment on contracts. We had many stories about that,” she added.

Despite the release clause, though, recent reports have not posed a positive outlook for Real Madrid, when it comes to the pursuit of the young Norwegian. It appears the young forward is likely to remain at Etihad for at least three more years.

His father had hinted in the past that Haaland is ecstatic about trying out every top European league. But that could take some time, especially with the former Dortmund starlet settling into his life in Manchester.

Should the Sky Blues win the UEFA Champions League title this season, it could further convince the forward to remain at Etihad for now.

Real Madrid, therefore, will be keen on avoiding that scenario, as they take on the English giants in the second leg of the semifinal tonight.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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