As per AS, Erling Haaland, a striker for Manchester City, stated that he would “sign for [Real] Madrid tomorrow” if he could, and he could do so for a comparatively low-ball fee of $109.5 million (€100 million), should Los Blancos pay that sum to activate his release clause.
After paying the necessary $65.6 million (€60 million) to release him from his Borussia Dortmund contract, the Norwegian joined the Premier League’s biggest teams in the summer of 2022.
Haaland broke several goalscoring records during his incredible debut season at Manchester, where he also assisted Pep Guardiola’s team in winning the triple crown.
As a result of City’s semifinal victory over defending champion Real Madrid, the player and team won their first Champions League title.
Currently, both European powerhouses have a chance to win the big-eared trophy in 2023–2024 and may face off once more in the knockout stage.
However, Madrid is already planning to bolster its roster for the upcoming season, even if their performance under newly appointed head coach Carlo Ancelotti is uncertain.
President Florentino Perez reportedly made Kylian Mbappe an offer, which the Frenchman, who is expected to become a free agent at Paris Saint-Germain on June 30, accepted a few days ago, according to Footmercato.
Together with Haaland, Mbappe is seen as the leading star of the future generation, with the heyday of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo slowly coming to an end.
However, if both players aren’t able to be signed, Haaland is being hailed by the Spanish media and publications like AS as Madrid’s “Plan B.”
According to AS, Madrid has been informed of “good news” regarding Haaland’s release clause. The amount of the release was originally estimated to be $219 million (€200 million).
The fee, according to information obtained by the tabloid, is only applicable to Premier League clubs, and for any prospective suitor based outside of the British Isles, the value is half to a much more manageable $109 million (€100 million).
Financially speaking, it might be difficult for Madrid to sign both Mbappe and Haaland in the same summer, and they also need to take into account the July arrival of Brazilian teenage wonder Endrick from Palmeiras.
But Haaland is said to “sign for Madrid tomorrow” if it came down to it, and he is aware that the Bernabeu is “open in the near future” for him.
Delaying his possible signing until 2025 may allow Madrid to relive the glory of the Galactico era of the past, with players like Mbappe, Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr., and others in the same squad.