Real Madrid hopeful of signing Erling Braut Haaland next year

Real Madrid reportedly remain undeterred in their efforts to sign Manchester City striker Erling Braut Haaland in 2024.

Los Blancos expressed interest in signing the Norway international prior to his move to Manchester City for a fee of £51 million last summer. He has scored 42 goals and provided 5 assists in 37 competitive matches for the Citizens.

Despite joining City less than a year ago, there are already rumours of Haaland leaving the club. AS reports that the La Liga champions are planning to make an offer for the Norwegian striker next year and they are confident in their ability to secure his services.

Haaland has a release clause worth between €220m (£194m) and €240m (£212m) that will activate annually from 2024 until the end of his contract in 2027. However, a previous report contradicted this claim and suggested that the release clause no longer exists.

Real Madrid have identified Haaland as a potential replacement for Karim Benzema, whose contract is set to expire in June. The European champions aim to create a Galacticos-style attacking front line that includes Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, and Vinicius Jr.

By 2024, Real Madrid could free up at least €50m (£44m) in wages with the departures of Benzema, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Eden Hazard to accommodate the wage demands of Haaland and Mbappe.

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