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‘If Haaland comes to Real Madrid, Rudiger can be the goalkeeper’ – Coach bursts room into laughter

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There has been a lot of chatter surrounding Real Madrid’s acquisition of Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman is all set to join Los Blancos on a free transfer, signing a five-year deal in the process.

With Mbappe’s signature sealed, Real Madrid are expected to go after more top players in the years to come, with the club notably in pole position to sign Florian Wirtz in the summer of 2025.

Another player Real Madrid are keeping an eye on is Erling Haaland. The Man City superstar has enjoyed a stellar spell at Etihad so far, but his future could be under doubt, as Pep Guardiola is poised to leave the club in 2025.

Fran Garrido jokes about Haaland

During a prolonged discussion in El Chiringuito, Fran Garrido commented on the possibility of Erling Haaland joining Real Madrid in the near future.

Will Erling Haaland join Real Madrid in the future? (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

However, keeping his analytics aside, Garrido made a joke about Haaland, which burst El Chiringuito newsroom into laughter.

“If Haaland comes to Madrid, the goalkeeper could be Rudiger,” said the Spanish coach, highlighting how good Real Madrid could become should the Norwegian top talent arrive at Santiago Bernabeu.

Haaland could indeed make Real Madrid indestructible, teaming up with the likes of Mbappe and Vinicius to form a truly formidable attacking trio.

Garrido, therefore, joked that Real Madrid would not require a professional goalkeeper if they are able to sign Haaland in the near future.

On the flip side, however, the acquisition of Mbappe may backfire as Rodrygo has now emerged unsettled and has not ruled out a potential exit from Santiago Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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