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Real Madrid have been tracking Haaland since 2017, but prioritised Vinicius, Rodrygo deals

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A recent report from MARCA has offered an illuminating piece on Real Madrid and their interest in Erling Haaland.

As per the Spanish news outlet, Haaland had been on the books of Real Madrid since 2017. The youngster’s name would often come up at the Valdebebas offices.

Real Madrid signed Martin Odegaard back in 2015 and had taken note of the Norwegian market. Two years later, they had been alerted by Haaland, who was scoring goals for fun.

Haaland, though, at the time had not made his professional breakthrough. Real Madrid, therefore, did not stress the young Norwegian much and wanted him to make a breakthrough before they consider an approach.

Real Madrid, at the time, had other priorities. In 2017, for example, the club secured the signing of Vinicius Junior, who they believed could go on to achieve bigger things than Haaland. Soon enough, they also reserved their resources for Rodrygo.

The possibility of signing Haaland was not considered at the time. The player soon joined RB Salzburg for a fee of around €8 million. Even then, Real Madrid had kept tabs on the Norwegian and in one way or another, they were willing to pounce.

However, it was Borussia Dortmund who stepped in. The aggressive approach from the Bundesliga outfit, coupled with their sporting project convinced the late Mino Raiola, as the forward joined the club on a cut-price deal.

Ever since his move to Dortmund, Haaland was never quite close to joining Real Madrid. His enormous growth meant that the club had to play keep up, in terms of the financial requirements and the sporting project.

Haaland, ultimately, opted to join Manchester City to play under Pep Guardiola last summer. And having broken all sorts of records in his first season, the forward is set to cost a fortune, even if his reported release clause becomes active in 2024.

Despite that, Real Madrid have a keen interest in signing the Norwegian goal-machine in 2024 to replace club captain Karim Benzema.

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Wife of Real Madrid star hints on potential continuity amidst exit rumours: “We love Spain very much”

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Anastasia Tamazova, the wife of Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, has shared insights about her life with the footballer. 

In this conversation, she opened up about their experiences living in Spain and her husband’s potential future moves.

Anastasia expressed her deep affection for Spain, mentioning how welcomed and comfortable both she and Lunin feel in the country. 

She emphasised their love for the place, but also made it clear that if Lunin needs to move to another country for his career, she will fully support him and follow him wherever he needs to go.

“We love Spain very much, the people here are very friendly and we feel very welcomed and comfortable,” said Tamazova as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

“But if my husband has to leave this country, then of course I will support him and we will go wherever necessary.”

What does the future hold for Lunin?

Andriy Lunin is tipped to leave Real Madrid in the summer. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

There has been a lot of speculation about Lunin’s future at Real Madrid and recent reports have suggested that the keeper was disappointed when the team’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, chose not to play him in the Champions League final, even though Lunin had anticipated this decision. 

With the return of Thibaut Courtois, Lunin’s chances of being the main goalkeeper have significantly decreased. 

This situation has led him to consider a possible move this summer, with interest from several big clubs like Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Juventus.

It is said that despite the uncertainty, the final decision rests with Lunin. Real Madrid have expressed their desire to keep him and have offered him a contract extension until 2029

Although Lunin seemed ready to sign the new contract, the events surrounding the Champions League final have caused him to reconsider his options. The choice of Courtois over him has planted seeds of doubt about his future with the club.

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