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Three reasons why Real Madrid could not sign Erling Haaland in the summer

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The buildup to the summer transfer window was long and tedious for Real Madrid as they chased not one but several star signings. Of them, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland were the names that attracted all the headlines.

As it panned out, neither player ended up joining Los Blancos. While the former decided to sign an extension with PSG, Haaland opted for Manchester City as his next club ahead of Real Madrid.

According to reports from MARCA, the Norwegian international’s move to Spain had three main non-financial obstacles.

First, the player was not amused by the club’s pursuit of Mbappe. He believed that both players thrived in the same position and that the Frenchman’s arrival would complicate his situation.

The second reason was the presence of Karim Benzema. The French striker is an irreplaceable part of Carlo Ancelotti’s setup and Haaland felt he would not get enough playing time under his shadow.

Finally, the striker desired to follow in the footsteps of his father. Alf-Inge Haaland played for Manchester City as a right-back between 2000 and 2003 which was a big factor that influenced the youngster’s decision.

The English champions confirmed the Norweigan’s signing for five seasons at the beginning of June. It was reported that the club paid around €60 million for his transfer.

Haaland opened his goal tally for the Premier League side in the pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich. Needless to say, the spotlight will be on him throughout the season to see if he can keep up his goalscoring streak.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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