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Real Madrid prefer Haaland over Mbappe for three reasons – report

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A recent report from Diario SPORT has offered an update on Real Madrid’s market policies for the coming summer.

Following the recent speculations about Kylian Mbappe leaving Paris Saint-Germain, the reigning European champions are left with a critical choice to make between the Frenchman and the Norwegian, Erling Haaland, in their quest to sign a new centre forward.

However, the report suggests Real Madrid are tilting towards Haaland due to three key reasons, with one of them being the sense of antipathy Mbappe has created among the Real Madrid camp, following his decision to remain at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

But more importantly, many in the Real Madrid camp consider Mbappe an unnecessary target, due to the expulsion of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

The two Brazilians have proven to be effective options out wide for Los Blancos. As such, the club do not necessarily require the services of yet another attacker, who favours playing on the flank.

In contrast, Carlo Ancelotti’s team is in dire need of a new centre-forward, who can prove to be a direct replacement for Karim Benzema. The Frenchman is currently in the final phase of his career and the club would require a successor, sooner rather than later.

Another key reason behind Real Madrid’s preference for Haaland is the Norwegian’s relatively low price tag when compared to Mbappe.

With the Frenchman recently signing a bumper new deal with PSG, the French giants will be largely dictating the matters. Les Parisiens already oppose the idea of shipping Mbappe to Real Madrid and there are talks of a whopping €400 million price tag.

Haaland, in contrast, reportedly has a release clause worth €200 million, which can be activated in the summer of 2024. Real Madrid are among the clubs in a position to activate the clause and snap up one of the brightest young players in world football.

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Real Madrid veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract

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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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