3 reasons why it’s OK if Real Madrid lose Erling Haaland to Manchester City

Dortmund, Erling Haaland (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Monaco, Aurelien Tchouameni
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Real Madrid can spend that money elsewhere in the squad

Real Madrid have more needs than just a striker. In fact, they technically don’t need a striker, because they have Karim Benzema, who is probably the best in the world at the position. (Robert Lewandowski is very much in the conversation, of course.) And if Real move to a 4-4-2, they will have both Kylian Mbappe and Benzema up top. When it comes to backups, they can choose between Luka Jovic and Borja Mayoral, on loan, or they could go out and sign someone cheaper than Haaland.

Although Haaland is not expensive at 75 million euros due to his release clause, he would cost a ton of money in wages and bonuses. The bonuses will be especially unpredictable, as Mino Raiola may have eyes on City as a preference due to the money they could offer him directly.

Real should do whatever they can to convince Haaland to forego the bonuses and sign with them, but if their appeal is not enough to get the Norwegian forward to join, then they can use that money to fund a squad retooling that will help Mbappe and the forwards greatly.

A new right back would be ideal. Alvaro Odriozola just isn’t good enough, and Dani Carvajal’s injuries have to be of concern. Midfield help would also be nice. Aurelien Tchouameni isn’t cheap, but he could be a world-class addition to the young talents Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga. Even a center back is an option here, as is a left-footed forward to replace Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale.

There are a number of Madridistas who would prefer this broad approach to signing one superstar. While I am of the belief that superstars are the most important thing for this club, the reality is that the people advancing the counterargument have valid points, too. Therefore, it would not be the end of the world if Real were forced into the opposite strategy and instead invested this money into other areas of the squad. After all, Vinicius, Mbappe, and Karim would be a Galactic trio on their own.