Should Real Madrid turn their attention away from Mbappe to Haaland?

24 Feb 2020

There was yet more proof that Real Madrid are lacking goals during their 1-0 defeat to Levante on Saturday.

If Karim Benzema doesn’t score them, like he hasn’t been doing recently, then Los Blancos don’t pose much of a goal threat at all.

This has been a constant issue since Cristiano Ronaldo left in the summer of 2018 and Florentino Perez is trying to rectify it.

The Real Madrid president is trying to bring in the next superstar striker at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and all roads have been pointing towards Kylian Mbappe.

This won’t be an easy signing to make, though. Mbappe has a contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2022 and the French club don’t want to sell him any time soon.

The 21-year-old’s price tag is another obstacle and any move for him would almost certainly have to break or at least come close to Neymar’s world record fee.

There is another option emerging across the border in Germany. Erling Haaland has exploded on to the European scene this season, scoring 40 goals for RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.

The 19-year-old’s incredible form saw him attract a lot of interest in January, with Dortmund being the ones to persuade him to join them over anyone else.

Haaland‘s impact has been felt in the Champions League for both the clubs he’s played for this season and most recently against Mbappe‘s PSG in the last 16.

The teenager fits Real Madrid‘s youth policy that has seen them bring in the likes of Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes and Luka Jovic.

Plus, he’s Norwegian and would fit alongside his compatriot, Martin Odegaard, quite nicely in the dressing room.

Signing Haaland would be the much cheaper option too. An escape clause of 75 million euros, which will become active in 2021, was put into his contract upon joining Dortmund, but the German club could decide to sell this summer if the offer is higher.

Now, it’s up to Real Madrid and Florentino if they want to wait until closer to 2022 to sign Mbappe, or if they want to snap up Haaland before then.

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