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Real Madrid administration slowly leaning in favour of Erling Haaland over Kylian Mbappe for 2024 – report

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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.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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