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Real Madrid can afford to sign both Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe next summer – report



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Real Madrid have, for long, debated between Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe to be their next big signing. A marquee forward signing remains Los Blancos’ priority for the upcoming summer, with the Frenchman being the first-choice target.

Reports in the last week further that Mbappe has opted to sign for Real Madrid this summer, with PSG even looking for a replacement as it stands.

Los Blancos have sent an offer to the player’s entourage, and a response is expected in the coming weeks.

The Haaland option

Real Madrid’s advances towards Mbappe, surprisingly, do not close the doors to Haaland’s arrival according to reports from AS.

The Spanish outlet relays that Real Madrid’s financial situation is so sound that they can afford the signings of both Haaland and Mbappe in the same transfer window.

The Frenchman will be a free agent in the summer, and the Merengues need not pay any transfer fee for his arrival.

Will Mbappe move to Madrid? (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Considering that the Norweigan’s release clause for foreign clubs is between €100 million and €200 million, it is not out of Real Madrid’s reach.

The Manchester City forward’s entourage are still in constant contact with the team’s management, and the links are not completely out of the blue. After all, the player is said to have changed his view after the FIFA The Best Gala.

The turning point

Haaland was one of the prime nominees to take home the FIFA The Best award for last season. Having been an instrumental part of Manchester City’s treble with a stunning goalscoring record, he was only beaten by Lionel Messi’s World Cup campaign in the race.

Losing the accolade despite a surreal season, needless to say, was a blow to both the players and his entourage. They now feel the need to play at a club with a higher global reach and stature, and that is where Real Madrid enter the scene.

As arguably the sport’s biggest institution, it does not get bigger than playing for the Galacticos. Haaland, as one of the best players on the planet, could thus be tempted to switch scenery in the coming summer.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team




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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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