Despite a strong start to the 2022/23 season, Real Madrid are already looking beyond the campaign, with a report from AS (h/t SPORT) claiming that they are planning to raid Manchester City by bidding for their forward Erling Haaland in 2024.
Haaland, 22, joined Manchester City ahead of the ongoing season from Borussia Dortmund for a fee believed to be around €60 million. Signing a five-year deal with the Premier League champions, Haaland has already scored 14 goals for his new team in a mere nine appearances in all competitions.
Real Madrid, who had been keen on signing Haaland from Dortmund in the past, have now set their sights on the Norwegian again.
The plan with regard to Haaland will reportedly be executed in the summer of 2024 and not ahead of the next season. This is because the striker’s termination clause will come into force in 2024 just in case he wants to change his environment.
By that time, Karim Benzema will be 36 and Real Madrid would want someone to replace the ageing Frenchman.
In such a scenario, Haaland would be a perfect candidate given his goalscoring record. In a total of 207 games across all competitions in club football, the forward has bagged 167 goals. This translates to a goal-per-game ratio of 0.8.
The report further mentions that the deal to sign Haaland from Manchester City could be closed for around €180 million.
For now, Real will continue to rely on the services of Benzema, who recently returned to training after missing three weeks of action due to knee discomfort.
Meanwhile, as reported before, Haaland is not the only Manchester City player Real have set their sights on, with Joao Cancelo also grabbing their attention. The versatile full-back, valued at €60 million is being looked upon as someone who can be approached in the summer of 2023.
Interestingly enough, it must be noted that the Portugal full-back signed a new deal with the Premier League champions in February earlier this year, which is set to keep him at the club until 2027.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.