Real Madrid target Erling Haaland despite money troubles amid Barcelona interest

Real Madrid still hope to sign Haaland

Real Madrid are still hoping to beat Barcelona to the signing of Erling Haaland, according to Spanish outlet Marca. The 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker is wanted by Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea are also interested, but Real would like the player to wait another year as he will be overloaded with attackers if he add Kylian Mbappe and Haaland to Karim Benzema.


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Paper Round’s point of view: Haaland is an exceptional player and Mbappe is just as talented, if not more talented. Signing them both would clearly be a huge financial outlay and it wouldn’t be easy to manage despite football’s continued financial recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Barcelona could exploit the difficulties by acting, but they are also paralyzed.

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Barça could have kept Messi

Barcelona director of football Mateu Alemany has revealed the club could have kept Lionel Messi last summer but decided it wasn’t worth it. Alemany hinted that they should have agreed a tie-up with private equity group CVC in order to raise enough funds to keep the Argentine forward, but they eventually let the player go in order to avoid the setup.

Paper Round’s point of view: CVC has done what many private equity groups try to do – show up with huge sums of money when companies are in short-term trouble, then enjoy the long-term profits. It seems Barca were able to weigh the pros and cons of such a deal and thought, given Messi’s age, that it wasn’t worth committing to a 50-year deal.

Liverpool want new deal with Milner

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to tie James Milner to a new contract at the club, despite his age. If he signs a one-year contract, he will finish next season well in 37 years, and the German manager believes Milner still has a lot to give on the football pitch, saying: “Milly will be fine after his career too. , but he obviously loves what he does and he will play football next year, for sure.

Paper Round’s point of view: Milner has been an excellent player and, it seems, he’s teetotal. If he applies this discipline to other aspects of his professional life, he clearly has an excellent chance of staying fit and healthy, and his stamina has shown little sign of declining. A further year at Anfield would also give him an excellent chance of securing another Premier League or Champions League medal.

Simeone hits Felix

Joao Felix recently said everyone knows what the root of Atletico Madrid’s problems are, and now the 22-year-old has been slammed by club boss Diego Simeone for making the comments in public. The 51-year-old manager said: “About what Joao said, you can ask him. I work according to the team. If he knows clearly what the problem is, it would be good to know”

Paper Round’s point of view: It’s fair to assume that Felix was implying that the problem was Simeone, and that must be the conclusion Simeone drew from the outburst. The Argentine has had difficult years with the capital club before and has always managed to overcome the hurdle, so it looks like the Portuguese youngster and the veteran manager will have to settle their differences or the player will leave.


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