Real Madrid are trying to convince Erling Haaland to join the club from Manchester City amid €200 million release clause.
In less than 18 months, Real Madrid will try to sign Erling Haaland, hoping to convince the Manchester City forward to leave.
If City hadn’t swooped in so quickly to meet his Borussia Dortmund release clause, Haaland would have been one of the hottest commodities in world football last summer.
With the Norwegian scoring 18 goals in just 13 Premier League games, it has undoubtedly proven to be excellent business for around £52 million.
Though Thomas Frank of Brentford has now detailed how his team was able to do it, very few teams have been able to figure out how to stop him.
The former Red Bull Salzburg player may have a €180 million release clause, and the 14-time European champions are counting on that to sign him.
Release clauses in his contracts, which were reportedly required by his then-agent Mino Raiola, caused him to leave both Salzburg and Dortmund.
After the superagent passed away earlier this year, Rafaela Pimenta took over the former Molde striker’s representation.
Since then, Pimenta has asserted that her client might become the first €1 billion player in the history of the sport, which is a huge assertion given that there has only ever been one €200 million player.
She has been vague about whether the contract actually contains a release clause, despite Pep Guardiola’s prior denials to the contrary.
The clause, however, reportedly only applies to teams outside the Premier League and kicks in at the conclusion of the 2023–24 season.
If so, Real would only need to focus on convincing the player to leave Manchester as long as they have the money to pay for it.
Considering that Karim Benzema’s contract at the Bernabeu expires in 2024, when he will be 36, Real expects the transfer to take place as his time there is coming to an end.
Mbappe’s own future is still up in the air due to claims that, despite signing a new contract in the summer, he is already dissatisfied at PSG.
He has been mentioned in connection with Manchester United as a potential Cristiano Ronaldo replacement, but that doesn’t seem very likely.