First Mbappe and now Haaland: The keys behind Real Madrid's plan

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Kylian Mbappe is widely expected to join Real Madrid when his contract expires in June, but there could be another major star arriving at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this summer in the form of Erling Haaland.

As MARCA reported some weeks ago, Real Madrid have taken the decision to try and sign Haaland to partner Mbappe, rather than it being a case of one or the other. Los Blancos are of the belief that they cannot let an opportunity pass them by to pair football’s two most promising forwards in the same team.

Cost of signing Haaland

It will not be cheap to sign Haaland, though. Real Madrid think that any deal for the 21-year-old will cost a total of 350 million euros, once you factor in around 130 million euros for the transfer and then a six-year contract.

Barcelona have been linked with the Borussia Dortmund striker for the last year or so, but Real Madrid have never seen the Catalan club as a threat, thanks in part to their current financial situation. Instead, Barcelona are expected to sign another Mino Raiola client in Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui, who will be a free agent this summer.

The club that Real Madrid do have to worry about is Manchester City, who have been looking for a striker for years and can also boast that Haaland‘s father used to play for them. Pep Guardiola is determined to land the Norway international, but the player wants to hold off on a move to the Premier League, which plays into Real Madrid‘s favour.

Real Madrid departures

From Real Madrid‘s perspective, they understand that if they are to sign Mbappe and Haaland in the same summer, there will need to be some departures. While Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Isco will all come off the wage bill thanks to their contracts expiring, the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Dani Ceballos will still have to be moved on.

Then there are other moves that the club is pressing on with, such as renewing Marco Asensio‘s contract, determining what to do with Take Kubo, the possible sale of Brahim Diaz, and trying to get Spanish citizenship for Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes, which would then free up some non-EU spots in the squad.

Financially, Real Madrid are in a good place at the moment – even if they would have to move some things around in order to make these two signings – and that is evidenced with LaLiga‘s financial figures, as they have not lost a single euro in the last two seasons. In fact, LaLiga set their spending limit at 739 million euros, while Barcelona‘s is -144 million euros.

Meetings with Raiola

Real Madrid‘s representatives have met with Raiola on two occasions to gauge whether Haaland would be interested in joining the club, which is the case. There were other players also discussed in the meetings with Raiola, but the focus was always on the Norwegian.

Another issue that Real Madrid discussed with Raiola was the commission that he and Haaland‘s father are expecting, which is not an unsurmountable hurdle.

In addition, Real Madrid wanted to know more about the injuries that Haaland has been experiencing at Dortmund this season, but the feedback has all been positive.

There was a release clause of 75 million euros put into the second year of Haaland‘s contract at Dortmund, which will be executed by Real Madrid. It is only a matter of time before Real Madrid fans get to see Mbappe and Haaland playing together in the club’s famous white strip.

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