Real Madrid believe they have the financial firepower required to sign PSG star Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland in the same transfer window, according to reports in Spain.
The France and Norway attackers are two of the most sought-after players in world football, and the Merengues want both for themselves as they look to build a new-look forward line ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The club will look to reduce its wage bill through the departures of Isco, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Eden Hazard, who could return to Chelsea (opens in new tab)after failing to impress in the Spanish capital.
We picked up a report yesterday about how Barca had held ‘secret talks’ with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola (opens in new tab) over a potential move, and you would assume Madrid would love nothing more than to beat their rivals to the striker's signature.
Marca believe Barcelona can’t afford Haaland, while the outlet is confident that Mbappe’s only intention is to join the Blancos at the end of the season, when his PSG deal expires.
A Real Madrid attack featuring Mbappe and Haaland, who are 23 and 21 years old respectively, along with evergreen Karim Benzema and 21-year-old talent Vinicius Junior, will leave their rivals with sleepless nights.
It’s been a while since the club has had a transfer window reminiscent of the old Galacticos days, but a double signing of this magnitude would surely be right up there with the best windows they have had.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.
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