In a major development, Miguel Delaney of the Independent is reporting that Real Madrid are plotting to test the resolve of Manchester City by making an audacious swoop for Erling Haaland in the summer window.
Haaland signed for the Cityzens only last summer, arriving from Borussia Dortmund. The Norwegian international has made a devastating impact in his debut season in the Premier League, but talks over his future at the Etihad have already started doing the rounds.
While his signing by City was seen as a statement amidst interest from heavyweights like Real Madrid, the recent allegations over FFP breaches have left the Premier League champions staring at the possibility of losing their top players.
On top of that, there have been questions over Haaland’s suitability to Pep Guardiola’s tactical setup despite his stunning goal output this season.
Amidst this, Real Madrid are now said to be considering testing Manchester City’s resolve by making an approach for Haaland in the upcoming summer.
Los Blancos are set for a revamp in the coming seasons, with Jude Bellingham their primary target for the next transfer window. The England international is seen as the ideal successor for Luka Modric and work is being done to land him from Dortmund.
At the same time, the Merengues are now looking to try and make a play for Haaland’s signing as well, even though the initial plan was to move for him in the summer of 2024.
The report states that the Norwegian international is happy at Manchester City but is not seen as someone who will stay at a single club for a long time.
And Real Madrid are hoping to test the waters with an approach as they look to usher in a new era, with manager Carlo Ancelotti’s future also not certain.
It is unlikely that Man City will let Haaland leave just a year after signing him. But if they are sanctioned for their alleged breaches, things could get out of their hands. And Real Madrid will be waiting in the wings to swoop in if that happens.
Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report
According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.
It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.
Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.
At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after
Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights.
As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.
How can Real Madrid pull this off?
As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.
At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.
Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.
Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.