The story of Erling Haaland to Real Madrid has been a constant in media for over a year now. The saga finally seems to be coming to an end, albeit one that Los Blancos’ fans would not be happy to learn of.
Several reports now say that the Norwegian international is very close to becoming a Manchester City player after failing to secure an agreement with Real Madrid.
Several reasons have been speculated, but Mario Cortegana reveals the exact reasons why the striker did not sign for the Spanish giants.
The player has reportedly always favoured the Madrid based side over the Cityzens as his next club. Though Los Blancos really like his profile, fitting him into the side would appear complicated. Moreover, Kylian Mbappe has always been the priority for Florentino Perez.
One of the reasons why Ancelotti’s side have their doubts over the player is his fitness record. After their experiences with Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale, the club want to be extra sure of a player’s physical condition when considering a transfer.
Moreover, it would not be easy for the club to finance his move. While they do indeed have the resources required, they consider the release clause, agent fees, salary and commissions combined to be an exorbitant amount.
Finally, the player himself has distanced himself from a move to Madrid in recent days. It is said that Haaland is ‘afraid’ of being overshadowed by Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe and hence prefers a move to England where he would be a bonafide star.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.