Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe are the cream of the crop in European football. Which one should Real Madrid look to sign first?
Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe are two of the world’s best youngsters. The duo has been tipped to reach the Ballon d’Or podium down the line and at the back of several common attributes. While goal-scoring, pace and quality are just some of them, a voracious interest from Real Madrid peaks them all and justifies their quality.
The coronavirus has had a bumper windfallen impact on the finances of Europe’s top clubs, which means even a club as big as the defending La Liga champion would not be able to afford them both this year. Despite an air of imminency about both sharing the dressing room sooner or later, the million-dollar question on everyone’s lips is who the club will prioritize.
Mbappe though is set to be the club’s unparalleled priority and rightly so. The Frenchman’s signing has been one that the Whites have thirsted for since several years. Mbappe was in fact close to moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2020, but the move totally fell apart amid the widespread losses caused by the pandemic. Real are back in contention for him again.
Los Blancos have the player’s contractual situation by their side this time around. Mbappe’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain ends in June 2022, which means the Ligue 1 champions must sell him this year. Given that the youngster has shown no interest in renewing his contract, losing him for free is the last thing the Parisians would want to happen.
Moreover, Real Madrid are set to be in a commanding position to bring him in. As if their longstanding interest in Mbappe was not enough, they are set to part company with as many as six players to make way for him. Needless to say, it will all be worth it both, on and off the pitch for the 13-time European champions.
Kylian Mbappe is capable of playing in all three attacking positions and remains a solid source of goals and assists. With over 200 goal involvements in a short span of time, the 22-year-old’s numbers represent everything a supposed successor to Cristiano Ronaldo should. A World Cup medal to boot alongside four tournament goals flex his credentials further.
Ronaldo was also a massive source of income through his marketing figure and the club has visibly struggled to attract fans and revenue in his absence. Mbappe, inarguably the next big thing with more than a decade on his side, will bridge the gap. Although he may never match Ronaldo’s impact in this regard, there is certainly no doubting Mbappe’s image.
The club has already done enough planning and plotting to sign Mbappe now to back off and pursue another player instead. Real Madrid have already planned to sell six players to afford him, whereas the same kind of arrangement, from a financial standpoint at least would not be needed for Erling Haaland, whose signing is one that can wait for longer.
One of the most important difference-makers in the race for the Norwegian is his nominal price tag. The 20-year-old has a release clause of just 75 million euros and amid interest from innumerable clubs, his choice will come down to a club which can offer a winning project and bright squad going forward, which Real Madrid surely house.
Plus, with what happened with Luka Jovic since his arrival from the Bundesliga, Haaland will definitely look for assurances over playing time. Considering Karim Benzema’s fine form, it is difficult to see Madrid giving those to him. Unfortunately, Haaland is not mobile in the final third and thus, he must settle for a lesser role because Benzema will not be sold.
Haaland has been around for just one and a half season and although he does not have much to prove, his progress could be monitored for a bit longer. The ex-RB Salzburg youngster’s price is not going to change due to the release clause and thus, interested parties, Real Madrid included, can give themselves more time to scout his development.
In hindsight, there seems to be little doubt over why the club’s hierarchy has chosen the French forward over his Norwegian counterpart. There can be little doubting done over the potential thought process, but there are always two sides to a coin- one of which may go non-tossed. Who do you think should be Real’s priority between the two?