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Real Madrid the only La Liga club that can sign Haaland or Mbappe, claims Javier Tebas
Real Madrid have been one of the few clubs in the world, who have been in contention to sign both Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe in recent memory.
The Spanish champions were close to completing the capture of Mbappe during the summer, before the striker eventually opted to extend his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, Haaland has been linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu as well, especially when his release clause at Manchester City becomes applicable in 2024.
Amid all the talk going around the future of these two individuals, La Liga president Javier Tebas has recently commented on Real Madrid’s spending ability, suggesting that they are the only Spanish club who are in a position to land either Mbappe or Haaland.
“If Haaland and Mbappé ever came to Spain, only Real Madrid will be able to sign them,” said Tebas on El Chiringuito.
Tebas’ comments come at a time when Haaland’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, has hinted at the forward’s potential move to Barcelona by praising the club president Joan Laporta.
However, the Catalans are not in contention to sign the Norwegian anytime soon due to the financial implication of the pursuit. Even Real Madrid could find it difficult to conjure up the youngster’s reported release clause worth €200 million that will be applicable in 2024.
As for Mbappe, discontent between him and the PSG board was reported earlier in the season. But those speculations have since died down and it appears matters could be resolved if PSG end up sanctioning the sale of Neymar in the coming summer.
Real Madrid, therefore, are not likely to sign either Mbappe or Haaland in 2023. They are, instead, focusing on their priority target in Jude Bellingham, who could be available at the end of the season, albeit at a premium.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.