The race for Erling Haaland in the summer was long and hard-fought. In the end, it came down to a battle between two clubs: Real Madrid and Manchester City.
Both clubs placed similar proposals on the table, and the Norweigan International opted for the Premier League side after much deliberation. However, all is not over between Los Blancos and the young striker.
According to reports from Diario AS, Real Madrid still have Haaland in their plans for the future. They see the Manchester City player as the ideal replacement for Karim Benzema and wish to incorporate him down the line.
Their case is helped by the fact that Haaland has included a release clause in his contract at Etihad. The clause will be activated in the summer of 2024 and will require any interested party to shell out €150 million for his services then.
Given his unstoppable shot and presence of mind in front of goal, Haaland is one is the few players in the world who can recreate Benzema’s legacy at the club. Considering that the Frenchman will be 36 in two years’ time, it would be the ideal time for the club to sign a replacement.
In just 21 league starts for the Bundesliga side last season, the youngster scored 22 goals and recorded seven assists. Further, he found the back of the net thrice in the UEFA Champions League.
He is expected to make his Manchester City debut against West Ham early in August. With him in the ranks, Pep Guardiola’s side will look to defend their domestic title and also seal their first-ever UCL trophy.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.