Alexander Alcazar of SPORT has sensationally claimed that Real Madrid have reached an agreement to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in the summer after striking a deal with his representatives in Monaco.
As relayed by the Spanish media, Madrid’s representative Juni Calafat met with Rafaela Pimenta, a Brazilian lawyer and Mino Raiola’s right-hand man, as well as footballer’s father Alf-Inge Haaland, to close the deal in the Monegasque Principality.
It is believed that the primary reason for Calafat’s visit to Monaco was to establish the first contacts that would open the doors for the club to sign the French midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni.
It’s important to note that the event dates back to January and this is exactly when Madrid executives contacted Pimenta and Haaland Sr. as they are the people who are responsible for blocking negotiations.
Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund enjoy a healthy working relationship and the German team is well aware of the interest their forward has gathered. While it is certain that the Norweigian will not continue in the Bundesliga beyond this season, it will take a considerable amount to convince Dortmund to sell their frontman.
Madrid, however, already have a plan in place. Their idea is to offer an initial bid of €75 million and reduce the price gradually by offering Luka Jovic in exchange. Although the Serbian has struggled to cope with the style in Spain, his stocks in German Bundesliga have always attracted suitors.
Offering a player in exchange will reduce Dortmund’s workload of finding a suitor, making it a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Life is not all rainbows and sunshine though and Madrid are expected to learn this the hard way. Despite striking a deal with the player’s entourages, the final verdict will be that of the striker.
Furthermore, even if Madrid somehow manage to get their man, superintending a star-studded attacking unit will prove to be a headache.
Speaking of which, Benzema has a contract until 2023 and is extremely likely to see out his deal. That coupled with the potential arrival of Kylian Mbappe leaves Vinicius Jr. as nothing but a third wheel. Accommodating the Brazil forward will be difficult for Carlo Ancelloti.
But that’s the risk the Madrid management is willing to take.
Real Madrid’s academy breakout star was close to signing for Atletico in the past – report
Nico Paz has burst onto the scene at Real Madrid after his recent heroics. The youngster was long hyped as Castilla’s brightest upcoming star, and his performances in recent games prove why.
Paz was the hero when Los Blancos took on Napoli earlier this week. Coming off the bench, he netted Real Madrid’s winning goal with six minutes left on the clock, thus scoring his first-ever goal with the first team.
Turning the clock back
As revealed in a recent update by AS, Paz’s arrival at Real Madrid was by no means a simple operation. It was made possible only through rigorous scanning and profiling done by the clubs scouts in Tenerife.
The youngster, at the time, was the crown jewel of the youth team in Tenerife. He was only 11 years old when the administration established contact with his father, back in April 2016.
It was only then that Real Madrid was made aware of Atletico Madrid’s strong interest in signing the player.
Los Rojiblancos had already made an important offer, and it was thus only Real Madrid’s timely intervention and negotiation that secured Paz’s signing.
An interesting clause
Paz’s entourage were naturally thrilled by the interest from Real Madrid and possible transfer. However, they had one clause that they insisted be met.
The Argentine ace’s entourage insisted that, as opposed to staying in the club facilities, Paz would reside with his family who would move to Madrid with the player. They value the family nucleus dearly and wished to keep the player in his comfort zone outside of training.
Needless to say, the green light soon arrived and Real Madrid won the race of Atletico Madrid. The rest, as they say, is history.