The administration at Valdebebas is in a dilemma. Real Madrid are expected to make a big-name signing next summer after all, but it is still unclear as to which name appeals to them the most.
The board is divided between two names – Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, both of whom have been extensively linked with the club in recent times.
The Frenchman, for long, was the frontrunner but his stocks fell sharply after his repeated rejections and vacillations.
As revealed by RMC Sport, there is now a changing opinion in the Spanish capital over the PSG star.
The Norweigan route?
According to the French outlet, more and more people at Real Madrid now prefer signing Erling Haaland over Mbappe.
For starters, the Manchester City star would be a better stylistic fit into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans for he plays as a pure centre-forward.
Mbappe, on the other hand, would clash with Vinicius down the left.
Moreover, the board hopes to benefit from the special ‘Real Madrid clause’ in Haaland’s contract that would enable them to sign him for a lower fee. The clause is expected to kick in next summer.
The monetary question
The one catch with Haaland’s move to Real Madrid is undoubtedly the monetary aspect. Irrespective of the presence of a special clause, the striker’s signing will be anything but easy to pull off.
Under normal circumstances, the English champions would demand nothing less than €200 million for their striker. Even with a clause, the figure could well be in excess of €150 million.
The Norwegian star is well worth the investment, and his record in recent seasons backs his hefty price tag.
Yet, it can be tricky for Real Madrid when they initially planned for a free agent in Mbappe.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo