Real Madrid have reportedly moved to the front of the queue to sign Erling Haaland after a meeting between club officials and the striker’s entourage.
Haaland, 21, is one of the hottest properties in world football at present. His goalscoring exploits both domestically and internationally mark him out as a player who could break many records during his career. Having dipped his toe in the water at Molde, the Norwegian then bagged 29 goals from 27 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg.
A move to Borussia Dortmund followed in January 2020 and the youngster has gone from strength to strength. The Leeds-born ace has found the net on 80 occasions from 79 outings, with 23 this season.
They have come from just 20 appearances as the Scandinavian has struggled with a few niggling injuries. He has also been prolific for Norway, scoring 12 times from just 15 games.
Unsurprisingly, those numbers mean that most of the top Euroepan clubs want him on board. From the Premier League, the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea have been linked.
But Real have also been mentioned as suitors for the red-hot marksman. And a report by Sport, via 90min suggests they may have stolen a march on their rivals.
The Catalan outlet state that the Los Blancos hierarchy met with Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, as well as Rafael Pimenta. Pimenta works alongside super-agent Mino Raiola, the man who controls Haaland’s affairs.
Raiola is currently recovery from surgery and was unable to attend the meeting. And Real are said to have brokered an ‘agreement’ to ‘block’ negotiations with any other interested clubs during talks.
That would give them a huge advantage over other suitors should it turn out to be the case.
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