According to journalist Romain Molina, Real Madrid plan to go all out for Kylian Mabppe in the summer of 2024 and if they fail in their pursuit, only then will they think of Erling Haaland.
“Florentino Perez wants a big name No. 9 next year,” he said on his YouTube channel.
“Real Madrid want to go all out for Kylian Mbappe in 2024. Haaland could be plan B.”
Mbappe will have the opportunity to depart Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer once his contract reaches its conclusion at the end of the current season.
The club had initially been determined to avert this scenario, but recent reports suggest that their stance has become more flexible.
This shift in attitude follows the striker’s decision to relinquish approximately €100 million in loyalty bonuses that would have otherwise been owed to him.
Mbappe the main goal
Mbappe appeared destined to make the switch to Real Madrid back in 2022, but a surprising change of heart led him to ink a fresh contract with PSG instead.
However, the Frenchman signed only a two-year contract until 2024 with an optional third year and now he does not intend to carry on until 2025, making him available for free next summer.
Mbappe could still continue at PSG
The only thing that could prevent Mbappe from joining Real Madrid in 2024 is PSG’s result in the UEFA Champions League.
In May 2022, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi made a commitment to the Frenchman, pledging to surround Mbappe with a formidable team that consistently aim for Champions League glory.
However, following a disappointing initial year of his contract, the second year, now under Luis Enrique, offers the promise of a fresh start and the potential for positive change.
And if that happens, Madrid will take advantage of the clause that is there in Haaland’s contract which would allow them to sign him for a fee between between €180 and €200 million in 2024.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo