Report: Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland Summer transfers in the eye of Real Madrid | Bleacher Report
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Real Madrid won’t limit themselves to signing either Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain or Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer; it wants both.
ESPN FC’s Mark Ogden reported that the Spanish giant is planning moves for the couple “to take advantage of the financial troubles in Barcelona by winning the two most sought-after players in world football”.
Ogden noted that Gareth Bale, Isco, Luka Modric and Marcelo’s contracts are running out, which will create significant space on Madrid’s payroll.
The club failed to pursue Mbappe last summer when PSG turned down a € 200m offer. The French striker will be a free agent after this season that Real Madrid or anyone else can sign him without paying a transfer fee.
The 23-year-old reiterated his desire to stay in the French capital to end the ongoing campaign.
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PSG sporting director Leonardo remains optimistic that Mbappe will sign a new deal, but that would seem to require a complete U-turn.
Although Haaland is under contract with Dortmund for the years 2022-23, an exit from Germany could be similarly easy thanks to a reported transfer fee of 75 million euros (87 million US dollars). Ogden reported in October that a transfer will still be expensive as the Norway international aims to earn at least £ 30m ($ 41m) annually, in addition to paying his agents.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are both contenders to sign Haaland, with the latter viewing the 21-year-old as a possible replacement for Mbappe, according to Ogden. Still, Ogden described Real Madrid as the “leading contender”.
Florentino Perez has ushered in an era of Galacticos on two occasions at the Santiago Bernabeu. The club signed Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo and David Beckham in the early 2000s and brought in Kaka, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
Now a third class of Galacticos could arrive.