REAL MADRID

Real Madrid optimistic of landing Haaland in 2022

Real Madrid are in a strong position to sign the Norwegian striker who has a verbal agreement in place with Dortmund for a 2022 exit.

Real Madrid optimistic of landing Haaland in 2022
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In-form Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund surged to the top of their Champions League Group F with a comfortable 3-0 victory over hosts Club Brugge on Wednesday.

Haaland missed the weekend Bundesliga victory at Arminia Bielefeld with a knee injury, but showed no ill-effects as all his predatory instincts were on display to take his goals tally at Dortmund to 26 in 28 games since he joined the club in January.

Real Madrid have been monitoring the fortunes of the Norwegian striker for some time now and are convinced that he is the attacking player they need to reinforce the side. Madrid have a star studded wish-list currently in place, hoping to secure the services of both Kylian Mbappé and Rennes' Camavinga next summer with Haaland a 2022 target.

Competition

Despite competition from other major European club's also interested in the Norwegian forward, Real Madrid and AS have established that the rumoured 75 million release clause does not, in fact exist. What does exist is a 'gentleman's agreement' between the player, representative Mino Raiola and Borussia Dortmund which will let the player leave in 2022 if he so wishes with no fixed price currently attached to this possible departure with a fee having to be agreed at the time.

FOOTBALL - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - CLUB BRUGGE v BORUSSIA DORTMUNDErling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League, Group Stage, Group F football match between Club Brugge and Borussia Dortmund on November 4, 2020 at Jan Breydel Stadion in Brugge, Belgium

Despite the relationship between Raiola and Madrid president Florentino Pérez being somewhat tense, the agent does enjoy a cordial association with Madrid's second-in-command José Ángel Sánchez. Madrid also feel that the presence of Martin Odegaard at the Bernabéu is another positive in their attempts to lure Haaland to the Spanish capital with both player's close friends. 

Real Madrid are also optimistic that the solid professional ties between BVB CEO Hans Joaquim Watzke and Florentino Pérez will be another factor in facilitating an exit from Dortmund in 2022 with recent loan moves for the likes of Achraf and more recently Reinier cementing a solid working relationship between the German and Spanish outfits.