Haaland, the 'galactic' that lets Real Madrid escape and it's not because of money problems

The real Madrid has not put all the interest in the signing of Erling Haland. The Norwegian signs for Manchester City, a top-level scorer for the team coached by Pep Guardiola. The main reason is not, in this case, the cost of an operation that was studied in detail and noted as viable. After going through the hardest part of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic and the drop in income, the financial health of the club is good. You have to refer to the tests. In the report presented by the League, in the month of March, Real Madrid had a positive balance of 739 million euros in the salary limit. He did not make winter signings. Florentino has been saving for years to accommodate Mbappé, for which he offered 200 million euros and in July he is free. With Haaland, the operation was consistent with the departures of Bale, Isco and Marcelo, plus the sale of the transferable Jovic and Mariano.

Florentino Pérez has had the opportunity to make a powerful impact on the market, but he decided not to step on the accelerator. Let go of a scorer of the present and with a great future. One of those young talents who fit into the recruitment policy, with the difference that the Norwegian, at only 21 years old, is installed among the best scorers in Europe. Haaland chooses Manchester Citybut has been negotiating with Real Madrid. He was attracted to the sports project, the desire to play in the League and for Real Madrid. But he was not convinced by the white club’s proposal to stay one more season at Borussia Dortmund. Haaland wanted to leave Germany now. With Barcelona he had contacts, but he had to give up a lot to try to reach an agreement. In March, Barça was with a negative salary limit (-144 million euros).

Benzema and Mbappé, during training with the France team.

The conditions, according to sources from the white club, were not ideal due to the high economic claims (mainly the payment of a commission of around 50 million euros and that the representation agency and the father share). The payment of 75 million euros to Borussia Dortmund and the 20 million euros net salary per year to the player were assumable. The obstacle is the double commission and a lower release clause (150 million euros) that the player’s representatives demanded.

The priority is Mbappé

When the negotiations cooled down, Real Madrid began to show their Doubts for the injuries that the Norwegian has suffered this season. This scenario has coincided with the progression of Vinícius, indisputable for Carlo Ancelotti, and the demonstration of superiority of Karim Benzema. In addition to having confidence in the young Rodrygo, who has taken a step forward, taking on responsibilities and alternating in the eleven with Marco Asensio. waiting is Eden Hazard. The Belgian wants to stay at Real Madrid.

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The desired, for the president of Real Madrid, is Kylian Mbappé. French is not Norwegian. It monopolizes everything. In the season of the explosion of Vinícius and the best of Benzema, the piece that Real Madrid lacks is that of Kylian Mbappé. He looks good with a trident made up of Vinícius, Benzema and Mbappé. It is a reinforced, complete line of attack, with explosive and unbalancing footballers. The conclusion is that Real Madrid has not put the meat on the grill for Haaland and he is waiting for his moment to announce the Mbappé thing.

There are many reasons why the real Madrid was losing interest in Erling Haaland. From the sports to the economic ones, in the planning of the club it did not fit. Money is an important leg, but the feeling is that Haaland was not a priority. The president of Real Madrid has to fall in love with a footballer to commit something crazy. He has to be a fascinating player and the Norwegian, at the price that was put on him, did not meet the parameters. Something that is strange with a player, that although it is true that he has had injuries, in the three years he has been at Borussia Dortmund he has played 88 games and has managed to score 85 goals. Almost a bit per game. It was the perfect replacement for Benzema, but he had to wait for his moment.

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Karim Benzema is different. Florentino, who went to his home in Lyon to sign him in 2009, is still very much in love with the Frenchman. The ‘9’ is untouchable after verifying his commitment and his exhibitions in a season in which he has led the team to the Champions League final with his goals, has won the League and the Spanish Super Cup. Among the president’s priorities is reaching a renewal agreement with Karim Benzema. He is 34 years old and his contract ends in 2023. But there are already advanced talks to extend it until 2024.

Benzema, in his prime

Benzema takes care of himself and says he has enough rope for a while. The quality and experience of him have few footballers. At the club they see him with a path to spend at least two more years at Real Madrid. There are 43 goals in 43 games and 14 assists that he has the ‘9’ in his best season, and there is the conviction in the club that he is at the height of it. Florentino does not hide the admiration he has for Karim and, after qualifying for the Champions League final, he publicly asked to be recognized with the Ballon d’Or award. Benzema is pure fantasy for the president and he still has no intention of taking over. Haaland, who is present and future, one of the ‘top’ scorers in football, was losing strength in the Real Madrid offices after the regularity shown by Karim Benzema.

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The Manchester City gets the signing of a top-level player after having signed another striker, the Argentine Julian Alvarez (22 years old), for which he has paid 21 million euros to River Plate. Pep Guardiola adds a goal, dynamite to continue with his project at the English club after falling in the Champions League final last year against Chelsea and in the semifinals with Real Madrid this season.

With the signing of Erling Haaland, Guardiola’s project at City exceeds 1,100 million euros spent on hiring. Last summer he did the operation on Jack Grealish, for which the club paid 117 million euros to Aston Villa and was the most expensive transfer in the history of the Premier League. Now Haaland arrives, who between transfer and commissions, exceeds 150 million euros. His salary will be around 25 million euros net.

The real Madrid has not put all the interest in the signing of Erling Haland. The Norwegian signs for Manchester City, a top-level scorer for the team coached by Pep Guardiola. The main reason is not, in this case, the cost of an operation that was studied in detail and noted as viable. After going through the hardest part of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic and the drop in income, the financial health of the club is good. You have to refer to the tests. In the report presented by the League, in the month of March, Real Madrid had a positive balance of 739 million euros in the salary limit. He did not make winter signings. Florentino has been saving for years to accommodate Mbappé, for which he offered 200 million euros and in July he is free. With Haaland, the operation was consistent with the departures of Bale, Isco and Marcelo, plus the sale of the transferable Jovic and Mariano.

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