The consequences for Madrid and Barça of the “unfortunate” signing of Haaland for City

“Finally, a decision has been made: Erling Haaland will play next season Manchester City. Last week it was reported to Real Madrid y al Bayern Munich of this decision”. Thus, leaving a record of the pumpkins that he has given to Madrid, no matter how much he wants to sell himself otherwise, and confirming that the interest of the FC Barcelona It was just another bluff Joan Laporta, the spokesman for the Haaland family confirmed one of the most anticipated signings in the football market. The young Norwegian striker had three offers to leave the Borussia Dortmund and he has opted for the team he trains Pep Guardiola.

“My feeling is that Real Madrid didn’t want to sign Mbappé now”

Kike Marín

Coincidentally, the same day it became known that Haaland had opted for City’s offer, Mbappé traveled to Madrid, in theory on a private visit, although the news soon leaked to the media. It doesn’t take much pulling on the thread to find the connections either. Everything stays at home. First, Kylian was found eating in a “famous” restaurant in the capitalalong with his partner Paris Saint Germain and former madridista Achraf, his brother and two other people. And, hours later, at a dinner in another “famous” restaurant, to which he also attended Sergio Ramosas he himself was in charge of confirming in his account Instagram.

Thus, the news of Haaland’s signing for City went into the background, at least as far as the Madrid sports press is concerned, to give all the prominence to the presence of Mbappé a few kilometers from the Bernabéu. Of course, all the information was accompanied by the tagline that his visit to the Spanish capital was not linked to the future. However, now with more reason and even though no one finishes daring to assure one hundred percent that it will be so, Florentino Pérez cannot stop signing Mbappéeven though their priority continues to be the pharaonic works of the Bernabéu and Nasser Al Khelaifi go to try until the last moment that the French renew.

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And it is that another coincidence was that the ‘private’ visit of Mbappé coincided with the PSG president’s trip to Madrid on the occasion of an act of the ECA, the European association of clubs, which was held in the Wanda Metropolitano. After the act, Al Khelaïfi went to dinner, of course, at a “famous” restaurant, and when he arrived he was asked about the possibility of seeing the Parisian team’s striker still dressed in white. “What a question!” was the short answer of the cocky Qatari leader, an expert in signing and breaking contracts based on the only thing he has: money.

Mbappé, against Courtois at the Bernabéu. (EFE/Sergio Perez)

Maximum pressure with Mbappé

It is evident that Real Madrid prioritized the signing of Mbappé to Haalandbut hence, with each passing day, he is more obliged to make it real, although in this case it does not seem that it will be before June 30, when the Frenchman ends his contract with PSG, unless the whites fall to him Liverpool in the Champions League final that takes place on Saturday 28 in Paris, and everything is rushed. Now, dropping that “in the club” they consider that the Norwegian is covered by Benzema does not make any sense, because If Karim has shown anything, it is that he can play perfectly as a 10 and give Haaland the scoring roleas at the time it did with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 29 goals in 27 games with the RB Salzburg85 in 88 with Borussia Dortmund and 15 in 17 with Norwayin addition to 23 in 19 Champions League games, place Haaland with an average close to goal per game and make it clear that, as recognized Jürgen Klopp, “unfortunately it is a great signing”. As always, the Liverpool coach was one of the few who provided an interesting reflection between so many spokesmen. “City have a very specific way of playing and I think Erling will realize immediately that he will score a lot of goals from the far post, where he will just have to put his foot down. He will love it. It is a beast”assured the German.

Photo: Benzema celebrates his goal against Espanyol.  (Reuters/Susana Vera)

With Barça ignored by being out of the market, it is curious that Haaland has not yet arrived at City and there is already talk that, “despite having signed until 2027”, has a termination clause in his contract from 2024, by which the Nordic striker could leave City in exchange for a figure of around 150 million. Indeed, it makes much more sense to pay 150 instead of the 60 or 70 that the English club has now paid out. A clause that, moreover, would have been negotiated by the deceased Mino Raiola and that, to curl the curl, there are also those who assure that it is set to be able to go to Madrid. With Barça, they don’t even count…

“Finally, a decision has been made: Erling Haaland will play next season Manchester City. Last week it was reported to Real Madrid y al Bayern Munich of this decision”. Thus, leaving a record of the pumpkins that he has given to Madrid, no matter how much he wants to sell himself otherwise, and confirming that the interest of the FC Barcelona It was just another bluff Joan Laporta, the spokesman for the Haaland family confirmed one of the most anticipated signings in the football market. The young Norwegian striker had three offers to leave the Borussia Dortmund and he has opted for the team he trains Pep Guardiola.

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