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Real Madrid will wait until 2024 to see if they can sign Haaland or Mbappe – report
The last summer transfer window saw Real Madrid miss out on two of their top attacking targets. Carlo Ancelotti’s side had their eyes firmly set on a move for Kylian Mbappe and looked set to sign him, until the Frenchman made a last-minute U-turn and renewed with PSG.
Meanwhile, Erling Haaland was also on Real Madrid’s radar, but seeing that they were keen on Mbappe, the Norwegian decided to sign for Manchester City, leaving the Merengues without both of their top centre-forward targets.
However, Real Madrid are continuing to keep tabs on the situations of both Haaland and Mbappe and will wait until 2024 to see if they can sign either of them, reports MARCA.
2024 will be a key year for Los Blancos as that will be when Endrick will arrive from Palmeiras to reinforce the attack. That is also when Karim Benzema’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu could come to an end, with the club planning to offer him a one-year extension this year.
So, despite Endrick’s arrival, Real Madrid could need to sign another top-quality centre-forward, with Haaland and Mbappe on their agenda.
It has been widely reported that Haaland has a release clause worth around €180 million that will come into force in 2024, which Real Madrid can trigger to sign him up.
Meanwhile, Mbappe renewed his contract with PSG only by two years until 2024. While there is an option for an additional twelve months, it will only be enforced if the player agrees as well.
However, as per recent reports, Mbappe wants to leave Paris for Madrid in 2024, when he would be a free agent.
For now, Florentino Perez & co. will continue to keep a close watch on the attacking duo and see how their situations develop over the coming months before deciding whether to pull the trigger in 2024.
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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Elche
The Santiago Bernabeu is ready for the first time in a fortnight as Real Madrid are set to host relegation-threatened Real Valladolid for gameweek 27 of La Liga. The gap between them and Barcelona was increased to 15 yesternight, and los blancos will be looking to cut it down to 12 to scarce the tiniest bit of hope of defending their league crown.
Carlo Ancelotti has opted to use a highly attacking starting lineup for the clash, with Karim Benzema spearheading the front-three. He is flanked by Marco Asensio on the right while Vinicius Jr retains his place on the left.
Rodrygo also gets the nod to start, probably as an attacking midfielder in what looks like a 4-2-3-1.
Aurelien Tchouameni has been given the nod in midfield, with Toni Kroos forming the double pivot alongside him.
With Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy, and Nacho out injured, Eduardo Camavinga gets the license to start as the left-back, while Lucas Vazquez flanks the defence from the right. The usual suspects — Eder Militao and David Alaba — start in central defence.
Thibaut Courtois was a doubt heading into this game, but has been given the medical greenlight to take his place as the goalkeeper.
📋✅ Our squad for #RealMadridRealValladolid! pic.twitter.com/T9G5QY3P4D— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) April 2, 2023
Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Kroos; Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius; Benzema