Erling Haaland has been one of Real Madrid’s prime transfer targets for the summer, alongside Kylian Mbappe. However, unlike the French international, whose move is almost finalised, the Borussia Dortmund player was stuck in a dilemma between two options.
Real Madrid and Manchester City had placed similar economic proposals on the table for the Norwegian. The only difference, however, was the sporting project.
According to reports from The Athletic, Haaland has given Manchester City the green light for his signing in what is a groundbreaking decision. Though the move is far from complete, it is the beginning of the end of Haaland’s transfer saga.
The move cannot be said to be completed until the player’s €75 million release clause is officially triggered. Moreover, the payment to Dortmund and the details of the contract are two steps that will take considerable time.
The English side are silent over any possible agreement with the player. When Pep Guardiola was recently asked about Haaland’s signing, he said, “No, answer to your question.”
Last week, it was revealed that the player’s agent and his father demanded close to €50 million as a commission for his signing. That was regarded as the factor stalling the transfer talks.
Though City were initially reluctant to pay the same, it seems that a middle ground has been reached between the two parties. The player’s personal preference has finally been revealed, but it would be foolish to write Real Madrid out of the race already.
Haaland has scored 18 goals and provided seven assists in just 17 league starts this season. He averages a key pass every ninety minutes and has been one of the best strikers in Europe this season, yet again.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.