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Real Madrid will try to persuade Manchester City superstar to join the club in 2024
This past summer window saw Real Madrid make attempts to bring in a new elite forward but the club ended up failing in their endeavours.
A move for Erling Haaland had been talked about and discussions had been held with his environment over a possible move. However, at the same time, Kylian Mbappe was also on the Merengues’ agenda and negotiations with the Frenchman’s camp were also underway.
It seemed like Real Madrid will certainly sign Mbappe in the summer, which prompted Haaland to opt for Manchester City instead. And while the Norwegian moved to the Etihad, Mbappe did not arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu, instead opting to renew with PSG in a last-minute swerve.
However, Real Madrid still remain intent on adding an elite goalscorer to their ranks in the future and see Haaland as the ideal candidate, especially after how things went down with Mbappe this past summer.
And the door to make a move for the Norwegian international remains open, according to AS. Real Madrid had tried to convince the Manchester City striker to move to the Bernabeu this past summer but ended up failing.
However, as per the report, Los Blancos once again plan to persuade Haaland to join forces with them in the summer of 2024, when a release clause in his contract becomes active.
It is believed that the 22-year-old has a €180 million exit clause embedded in his contract with Manchester City, although Pep Guardiola has denied its existence while his agent, Rafaela Pimenta has also been coy on the matter.
But the clause is said to exist and is valid for teams outside the Premier League. And Real Madrid want to make the most of it by swooping in for Haaland in 2024.
The reigning champions of Spain and Europe are believed to have a strategy in place to sign the Norwegian as well, as they believe Karim Benzema will step down in two years’ time, given that the Frenchman will soon be turning 35.
Whether the Merengues can persuade Haaland to trade City for Madrid only two years after he joined Guardiola’s side remains to be seen.
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Brazil ready to wait until June for Carlo Ancelotti – Romano
Earlier today, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti spoke openly about the rumours linking him to the vacant Brazil national team job.
The Italian tactician has emerged as the top target for the Selecao to succeed Tite, who was let go of after the FIFA World Cup 2022.
The president of the Brazil Football Confederation (CBF), Ednaldo Rodrigues, has made it clear that Ancelotti is the preferred candidate for the job.
Reacting to the same, Ancelotti, during his press conference today, said: “The reality is that the Brazilian national team wants me and I love it and I’m very excited about it, but then I have to respect the contract I have and I want to fulfil it.”
“I’m not surprised that there are these rumours. It doesn’t affect me, it doesn’t worry me. I’m just focused on fulfilling my duties with this club and with this team. I’m still here until Real Madrid allow me to stay.”
While the 63-year-old might be saying that he wishes to fulfil his contract at Real Madrid, which expires in 2024, he did not shy away from stating that he was happy about Brazil’s interest in him.
And now, Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Zone) is reporting that the Selecao are ready to wait until June to go ahead with the appointment of Ancelotti.
While the Italian tactician remains in control at this point at Real Madrid, things could change drastically over the next couple of months.
The La Liga title looks already out of the Merengues’ hands while they are also trailing Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final. If they fail to go all the way in the UEFA Champions League as well, Florentino Perez could decide to make some changes, starting with Ancelotti.
Hence, Brazil are happy to wait patiently until June and see how the situation is at that point and whether Ancelotti is available. With no major matches coming up for the Selecao until September, they can afford to wait as well.