Real Madrid ‘are at the front of the queue to do a deal for Erling Haaland when he leaves Borussia Dortmund’ but Spanish giants ‘will have to wait until next summer to bring him in when they could pair him with PSG star Kylian Mbappe’ in a deadly attack
- Real Madrid reportedly have top priority when Dortmund sell Erling Haaland
- The Norwegian is wanted by most of Europe’s top clubs after a stunning season
- But Dortmund and agent Mino Raiola have a verbal deal not to sell before 2022
- Real could pair Haaland and Kylian Mbappe in attack together next summer
Real Madrid are at the front of the queue to conclude a deal for Erling Haaland when he decides he wants to leave Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in Spain.
The LaLiga giants, who saw manager Zinedine Zidane resign on Wednesday night, are among a number of Europe’s top clubs who are desperate to secure the signature of one of the game’s best strikers.
Haaland, 20, has had a remarkable rise in the last two seasons, scoring 57 goals in 59 appearances for Dortmund since joining from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
Real Madrid are at the front of the queue for Erling Haaland when he wants to leave Dortmund
Real president Florentino Perez wants the Norwegian striker to lead the club into the future
His form has prompted a mass bidding war for his services with Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona all desperate to sign him.
But, according to Spanish outlet AS, Real are at the front of the queue and will have priority over whether or not they sign him.
It is thought the excellent relationship shared by Dortmund chief executive Hans Joaquim Watzke and his Real counterpart Florentino Perez have put the Spanish giants in pole position.
Haaland is said to be very keen on wearing the iconic white shirt of Real but a move this summer might be unlikely.
It’s claimed Dortmund and Mino Raiola, Haaland’s agent, have a verbal agreement not to sell the Norwegian star before the summer of 2022 and he is willing to wait 12 months to join Real.
Haaland would have forced through an exit this summer if Dortmund missed out on Champions League qualification but they secured third place in the Bundesliga in the final few weeks of the season.
Haaland has scored 57 goals in 59 appearances for Dortmund since joining in January 2020
Dortmund and Mino Raiola have an agreement not to sell Haaland before the summer of 2022
The Dortmund star is believed to have a £90million buyout clause in his contract that must be paid in one lump sum, ruling some teams out from buying him this summer because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their finances.
Real are also chasing a deal for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.
The French forward is mulling over his future this summer with just one year to go on his contract with the Ligue 1 side, meaning he could be available for nothing in 12 months.
Mbappe, who joined PSG from Monaco for £163million in 2017, has continuously been linked with a move to Real Madrid and the Premier League and recently outlined what he is expecting of the club in order to extend his stay in Paris.
‘Everyone knows how profoundly attached I am to the club. I have always been very thankful towards the president, my different coaches,’ he told Canal Plus.
‘What I want is to win, feel like I am somewhere where I can win, where there is a solid project around me. The footballing project is essential. I want to feel like I am part of a team that is going to do something (in the Champions League).
Real are also interested in Kylian Mbappe and could pair him with Haaland from next summer
‘Then, [it’s] up to us to show what we can do – we are talking with the club, we will see what happens.
‘In any case, I have always been happy here and I have had four exceptional years here – we are very clear with the club.
‘The club knows my relationship with it, this city, this country. We are going to do things in the way they should be done, in one way or another.’
It remains to be seen whether Real’s transfer targets will change now Zidane is no longer leading the club. He resigned with immediate effect on Wednesday.
Doubts over the his future had been growing after Madrid were pipped to the LaLiga title last weekend by rivals Atletico Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane resigned as manager of Real Madrid with immediate effect on Wednesday
Sportsmail reported earlier this month that Zidane would walk away from the club regardless of whether they secured the title after Zidane sensed for some time that he did not have the backing of Florentino Perez.
The Frenchman had been in charge of in two spells since 2016, and has won three Champions Leagues in the Spanish capital.
He also guided Madrid to the LaLiga title last season but they were unable to repeat the feat this time around in a trophy-less campaign after struggling with injuries and an ageing squad.
They lost in the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea and were also dumped out of the Copa del Rey at the round of 32 stage.
Zidane is expected to be an immediate target for Juventus or the France national team following his departure from the Bernabeu.
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