The story of Real Madrid’s Erling Haaland pursuit is nothing short of incredible. There have been days when Los Blancos have led the race to sign the Norweigan and an equal number of days when they have been discarded as an option.
A month ago, Real Madrid were said to be out of the race because of their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe. Haaland wished to be the sole star of the team he joined and having to share the spotlight with the French protege did not appeal to him.
However, the Madrid based side are now back in the race and find themselves with close to a 50% chance of landing the striker.
Manchester City are the biggest rivals to Real Madrid in the race for the Borussia Dortmund star. Pep Guardiola’s side are said to have tempted the player with their project and economical offer and held the upper hand over Los Blancos.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, the proposal from Madrid side is very similar to that from City. The final decision, however, is yet to be made by the player.
The Norweigan reportedly preferred a move to La Liga over the other top European leagues for the coming summer. With Barcelona out of the race for financial reasons, Real Madrid find themselves with a good chance of signing the star striker.
In Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Vinicius Jr, Madrid will boast of one of the most feared attacks in world football. However, it will mean that the team can no longer look to spend big on reinforcing other positions in the upcoming transfer window.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.