Real Madrid are already working on signing new Manchester City striker Erling Haaland, according to reports.
21 year old Norway striker Haaland completed a move to Premier League champions Manchester City this week but Real Madrid are already attempting to sign the striker.
According to AS, Real Madrid will sign Haaland in the summer of 2024 as a replacement for Karim Benzema.
34 year old Benzema enjoyed his best ever season at the Bernabeu in his 13 years at the club after firing in 44 goals in just 46 games to help Real Madrid win the Spanish league title as well as the Champions League.
Real Madrid expect a natural decline in the performance of Benzema by 2024 and will sign Haaland as his replacement.
Haaland has a release clause of £128million release clause (€150m) in his Manchester City contract which can be triggered in 2024, which perfectly suits Real Madrid.
Real Madrid intend to take full advantage of the clause and lure Haaland to the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid are also staying patient due to the club’s minor concern over Haaland’s injury record.
The 21-year-old has already been slightly prone to spending time on the sidelines, with hip and muscle problems keeping him out for around 16 of Dortmund’s games across last season.
Madrid want to find out if this is a genetic trait, or if it is just a result of bad luck.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez revealed this week that the European champions didn’t push to sign Haaland this summer as he would only make Real Madrid’s bench due to Benzema.
Perez told El Chiringuito: “Mbappe deal didn’t create any problem with Haaland deal, absolutely.
“We have Benzema, so it was impossible to have him with Karim. We can’t sign Haaland to stay on the bench. Haaland is an amazing, fantastic player.”
Haaland, meanwhile, explained his decision to join City on Monday.
“He [Haaland’s dad] lived in England, he played for the club,” he stated.
“Of course, a lot of things have changed in the last 20 years but he lived here, so he knows what it is.
“We’ve just been speaking about basically how it is, what’s the best for me, what’s this, what’s that, and to try and find out everything. He’s been a good dad in that thing there.”
And he added: “I was born in England, I’ve been a City fan my whole life.
“I know a lot about the club. I think in the end, two things; I feel at home a bit here. Also I think I can develop and get the best out of my game at City.”
On playing at the Etihad itself, he continued: “I’ve been a couple of times before, watching games.
“I like it, it’s beautiful, I like the colour. I played there, a big huge stadium, and I’m looking forward to playing there [with City].”