It’s more than evident that Real Madrid are on course to finding a new centre-forward. And while several names have been linked, the one that stands out is a certain Manchester City forward Erling Haaland.
However, according to what Jose Felix Diaz has written for MARCA, it has been revealed that the team from the Spanish capital city is not really contemplating the idea of signing the Norweigian because of his poor track record with regard to his injuries.
And, the other issue that is discouraging Real Madrid is his high salary, which according to reports from England is around €1 million per week. This figure is something that the La Liga champions are not looking to sanction for anyone in the future.
In his brief career, the 22-year-old Haaland has already suffered several injuries. This includes muscular problems, knee issues and ligament injury. During the 2021/22 season, Haaland missed 42 days of action owing to a muscular problem.
During the same campaign, he also had issues with the hip flexor, due to which he was out for 35 days, resulting in him missing as many as seven games. A season before, he suffered from torn muscle fibre which forced him out for 28 days (seven games).
Now, there is absolutely no doubting Haaland’s capabilities, but Real Madrid do not want to take any risk as they are already suffering the consequences with Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international, signed from Chelsea in 2019, arrived with a great reputation but has failed to cope with persisting injuries. And Real Madrid will look to avoid a similar recurrence with Haaland.
In turn, the player Real Madrid are looking at is Palmeiras forward Endrick, who is currently the most in-demand Brazilian across Europe. As quoted by MARCA, the team is taking small steps towards closing the negotiation which is set to cost around €60 million.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.