Despite the fact that football across Europe has been halted by coronavirus, Real Madrid have started to work on their plans for the summer transfer window.
Los Blancos have struggled for goals in recent months and the club have decided to go after a striker when the market reopens.
Karim Benzema isn’t scoring as frequently as he was before and the Luka Jovic experiment hasn’t worked out at all.
The big news is that Erling Haaland has become their primary target, ahead of the likes of Lautaro Martinez and Timo Werner.
It’s no secret that Kylian Mbappe is the dream signing, but any move to prise him from Paris Saint-Germain this summer looks impossible.
Real Madrid don’t think the Frenchman will renew his contract at PSG, leaving the door open for a possible transfer in 2021.
Neymar is also an option, but the club don’t think his behaviour would fit into the current Real Madrid dressing room.
Real Madrid will be limited in their pursuit of the striker, with the three non-EU spots in their squad being taken up by Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao. Reinier Jesus is also set to join that list and there’s also the returning Takefusa Kubo.
One space could open up when Vinicius is able to acquire duel nationality, but that process isn’t expected to be finished until 2021.
In this dynamic, Haaland has emerged as the favourite to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu.
His current worth of 75 million euros will almost certainly drop after football’s suspension and his 40 goals this season are hugely impressive for a 19-year-old.
Lautaro is another catching the eye at Real Madrid, but he’s currently a non-EU player and won’t have an EU passport until January 2021 at the earliest.