Kylian Mbappé or Erling Haaland? Real Madrid would have decided between the two phenomena of the football world, who have been making a lot of talk in recent days in Spain. Still orphaned by a world-class center forward since the departure of Karim Benzema to Saudi Arabia last summer, the Madrid club, which published a press release on Saturday November 4 to deny any negotiations with Mbappé, would no longer have any intention , according to the Spanish press, to recruit the latter who will be free next June.
This Friday, it is Haaland who is at the heart of the speculation. The Madrid daily AS notably headlines “Haaland, always present”, and explains in its columns that the Norwegian, who has always been Real's plan B behind Mbappé, is no longer so today. The White House is still keeping tabs on the Premier League's top scorer last season and is reportedly thinking strongly about him in the summer transfer window.
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The No.9 of Manchester City, under contract until 2027 with the Cityzens, has a release clause of 200 million euros to leave England. His agent Rafaela Pimenta was seen on Tuesday evening, alongside Madrid management, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium to attend Real Madrid's Champions League match against Sporting Braga, while no player from his team was present on the grass.
If she immediately denied having spoken about the Norwegian striker with the Merengues, the Spanish press is seriously questioning his presence. And there is something to be said for it. This appearance of the Brazilian in Madrid comes a few days after Casa Blanca took a position on the Mbappé file and on the numerous messages from Haaland for his former teammate at Dortmund, Real's best player since the start of the season, Jude Bellingham.
Haaland does not hide the bond that unites him with the 20-year-old Englishman. Recently he said: “I saw Jude's incredible debut at Real Madrid and I am very happy for him.” The City striker also reacted to Bellingham's double against FC Barcelona during the Clasico. The “Cyborg” had written: “What this guy is doing is unreal.” These little statements have certainly not escaped Real Madrid. The association of the two stars could only be beneficial for Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
AS also explains that we need to know what the 23-year-old player plans to do this summer, he who has been exceptional with Manchester City since his arrival in 2022. Haaland, second in the 2023 Ballon d'Or behind Lionel Messi, once again displays monstrous statistics this season with the training of Pep Guardiola. Cityzen has already scored 15 goals in 15 matches and provided 3 assists. Nothing has been done yet, but Erling Haaland seems to have taken the advantage over Kylian Mbappé on the Madrid side.