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Report: Four reasons why Real Madrid did not sign Erling Haaland



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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.

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Real Madrid offered the chance to sign Brazilian striker, one of 4-5 names on radar



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There is no secret that Real Madrid might consider a move for a new striker in the coming summer. With Karim Benzema slowly nearing the end of his career, the club are looking for a viable alternative ahead of the new season.

Carlo Ancelotti has been left impressed by the performances of Rodrygo in the centre forward position. But the club could still use the services of a more recognised option in the number nine position.

The Spanish giants are reportedly assessing La Liga for a potential low-cost option. But they are also open to looking through in other leagues, in their bid to add more depth in the attacking department.

To that end, Fabrizio Romano claims Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool star has become the latest player to be shortlisted by Los Blancos, with his current contract at Liverpool expiring at the end of the season.

Formerly of TSG Hoffenheim, Firmino has a stellar track record of performing in Europe. He has scored 110 goals in 361 competitive matches during his time at Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League title.

A centre forward by trade, Roberto is known for his tactical flexibility and the ability to shift into wider areas to build up the player.

It makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid, who would prefer a versatile striker in their ranks that can not only provide cover for Benzema but also the likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

Real Madrid, though, are yet to hold any discussions with Roberto Firmino just yet. He has just been added to the list of targets and one would expect the Spanish giants to make a move once the season is over and the player becomes a free agent.

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