Real Madrid Steps Up Haaland Pursuit

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Real Madrid has reportedly stepped up their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland after suffering a setback in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.

Los Blancos were widely expected to sign Mbappe on a free transfer this summer, but PSG are now believed to be confident of signing the France international to a fresh contract.

Manchester City is currently thought to be in pole position for Haaland, but according to The Mirror, Carlo Ancelotti’s side ‘has launched a new charm offensive’ for the striker, having accepted that they are likely to miss out on Mbappe’s signature on a free transfer.

The report claimed that the 21-year-old favours a move to Spain over England despite the fact that he is likely to earn more money if he joins the reigning Premier League champions.

There is a £67m release clause in the Norway international’s BVB deal, but the move is likely to cost in the region of £300m, including agent fees and wages.

Barcelona is also still believed to be in the running for the forward, who has scored 80 goals and registered 22 assists in 84 appearances for Dortmund since making the move from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.