Real Madrid are at the forefront of line to strike a deal for Erling Haaland when he decides to leave Borussia Dortmund, reports in Spain show.
The LaLiga giants, who saw manager Zinedine Zidane step down on Wednesday night, are among a number of top European clubs desperate to get the signature of one of the game’s best strikers.
Haaland, 20, has seen a remarkable rise over the past two seasons, scoring 57 goals in 59 appearances for Dortmund since joining from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
Real Madrid is in the front line for Erling Haaland if he wants to leave Dortmund
Real president Florentino Perez wants the Norwegian striker to lead the club into the future
His form has sparked a massive 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 have priority over whether or not to sign him.
The excellent relationship that Dortmund CEO Hans Joaquim Watzke and his Real counterpart Florentino Perez are thought to have put the Spanish giants on pole position.
Haaland would love to wear Real’s iconic white shirt, but a move this summer may be unlikely.
It is alleged that 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 an exit this summer had Dortmund missed qualifying for the Champions League, but they took third place in the Bundesliga in the last 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 entered into an agreement not to sell Haaland before the summer of 2022
The Dortmund star is believed to have a £ 90 million buyout clause in his contract to be paid in one installment, preventing some teams from buying him this summer due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their finances.
Real is also chasing a deal for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé.
The French forward is reflecting on his future this summer with just one year left on his contract with the Ligue 1 side, meaning he could be available for nothing in 12 months.
Mbappé, who came to PSG for £ 163 million from Monaco in 2017, has been continuously linked with a move to Real Madrid and the Premier League and recently outlined what he expects from the club to extend his stay in Paris.
‘Everyone knows how attached I am to the club. I have always been very grateful to the president, my various coaches, ”he said Canal Plus.
‘What I want is to win, to feel like I’m somewhere I can win, where there’s a solid project around me. The football 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 is also interested in Kylian Mbappé and could link him to Haaland from next summer
‘Than, [it’s] it’s up to us to show what we can do – we’ll talk to the club, we’ll see what happens.
In any case, I’ve always been happy here and have had four exceptional years here – we are very clear about the club.
‘The club knows my relationship with it, this city, this country. We’re going to do things as they should, somehow. ‘
It remains to be seen whether Real’s transfer goals will change now that Zidane is no longer leading the club. On Wednesday he resigned with immediate effect.
Doubts about his future had grown after Madrid was taken to the LaLiga title by rival Atletico Madrid last weekend.
Zinedine Zidane resigned immediately as manager of Real Madrid on Wednesday
Sportsmail reported earlier this month that Zidane would be leaving the club regardless of whether or not they secured the title after Zidane felt for some time that he did not have the support of Florentino Perez.
The Frenchman has been in charge of two spells since 2016 and has won three Champions Leagues in the Spanish capital.
He also led Madrid to the LaLiga title last season, but they were unable to repeat the feat this time in a trophy-less campaign after struggling with injuries and an aging squad.
They lost in the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea and were also dumped from the Copa del Rey in the round of 32.
Zidane is expected to be an immediate target for Juventus or the French national team following his departure from Bernabeu.