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Real Madrid could sign Manchester City’s Erling Haaland for an ‘affordable’ price – report



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It’s no secret that Real Madrid’s absolute focus is on Kylian Mbappe, but even this interest has an expiration date, which is January 15. 

If the Frenchman fails to respond to Madrid’s approach before that, the team from the Spanish capital will start looking for alternatives and they will not shy away from spending big bucks.

As of today, a lot has been said about Mbappe’s future, including the fact that the has already signed a pre-contract agreement with Real Madrid.

These rumours, however, hold no value and within the team, it is affirmed that if Mbappe fails to respond, the attention will move to Erling Haaland.

Good news for Real Madrid

Many thought that with his contract at Manchester City set to expire in 2027, there were limited avenues for him to depart unless the offer reached an astronomical figure, speculated to be no less than €200 million.

However, his agent Rafaela Pimenta has affirmed that her clients “know that we always leave them clear options to choose their future themselves.”

The possibility of Haaland joining Real Madrid has ignited hope within the club, as the Norwegian striker has a reasonable release clause in his contract that applies specifically to foreign clubs, reports AS

The staggering “€200 million and up” valuation associated with Haaland is applicable primarily for a Premier League club.

Real Madrid are very much interested in Erling Haaland. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Encouraging news for Real Madrid indicates that the actual release clause is much closer to €100 million than the initially speculated higher figure, making it an ‘affordable’ opportunity for the club.

Haaland would welcome a move to Madrid

It is seemingly plausible that come July 2024, the newly renovated Santiago Bernabeu could witness the unveiling of a footballing star and if given a choice, Haaland would love to be that player in the summer.

Consequently, the forward is aware that even if a move doesn’t materialize immediately, the doors to Madrid will remain open in the near future.

Furthermore, the potential arrival of Mbappe or the emergence of young talent like Endrick might influence the timing of Haaland’s signing, possibly extending the decision until 2025.

The anticipation surrounding these developments suggests that Real Madrid’s squad could undergo a galactic transformation in the coming years. Exciting times lie ahead for the fans.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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