Real Madrid play a goalless draw with Villareal on Saturday at the Mestalla in La Liga. Despite losing points, Carlo Ancelotti’s army still tops the table after 24 matches, 4 points more than the second ranked team, Sevilla.
On that note, here’s a look at the key Real Madrid transfer stories for February 12, 2022:
Real Madrid get boost in chase for Erling Haaland
Real Madrid have received an unusual boost in their quest to sign Erling Haaland. Based on Marca via Bild, Adidas is working on a deal to represent the 21-year-old, who ended his partnership with Nike in January. That could pave the way for the La Liga giants to get the Norwegian’s services.
Haaland has been in incredible form since joining Borussia Dortmund in January 2020. The Norwegian has scored 80 goals in 83 appearances across competitions for the Bundesliga giants. Los Blancos are hoping to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
The Spanish team is looking to add more teeth to their attack this year. Carlo Ancelotti has one of the best strikers in the world, Karim Benzema, on his list. However, the French player is entering the twilight phase of his career, so Ancelotti wants to find a long-term successor soon.
Haaland fits the bill and may be available in a sale this summer. His release clause is tipped to drop to €75m at the end of the season. There has been an opportunity for his services, with a host of clubs across Europe interested in him. However, Real Madrid now have an unusual ally, Adidas, in their pursuit of the 21-year-old.
The German brand is yearning to reach the Norwegian as one of their customers. Adidas is said to have held a ‘secret’ meeting last week at their headquarters to convince Haaland. In addition to the player and his agent, Zinedine Zidane and Haaland’s childhood idol, Michu is also on hand to help the Norwegian.
If Adidas is successful in their efforts, it will give Los Blancos a chance to buy the 21-year-old. The German group has direct links to the La Liga giants, and also represents some of their players.
Los Blancos interested in Max Aarons
Real Madrid interested in Max Aarons, theo The Hard Tackle via Defensa Central. The La Liga giants are looking for a new right-back to push Dani Carvajal, and eventually take his place. Norwich City full-back Aarons has appeared in their sights.
Aarons has consistently been among the Canaries’ best players since promotion and made his debut in the 2018-19 season. His exploits earned him the admiration of Los Blancos. The 22-year-old’s current contract runs until the summer of 2024, so getting rid of him won’t be easy.
Carlo Ancelotti provides updates on Karim Benzema
Carlo Ancelotti remains cautious about Karim Benzema’s chances of playing against PSG next week. Los Blancos face the Parisians in a blockbuster Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday. Los Blancos are sweating because of Benzema’s fitness before the first leg in the French capital.
To speak Speaking to the press, Ancelotti said the Frenchman would only feature if there was no risk of aggravating his injury.
“As we said, the player’s health precedes everything. So there is no risk. If Karim can compete, he will play without any risk. If there is a small risk. best, then he won’t play.” We have to do a thorough assessment; We have four days to do it. If Karim plays Tuesday’s game, it’s because there’s no risk of him getting injured,” said Ancelotti.
The Italian added:
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“We will make a decision on Sunday or Monday, when he is expected to train with the team. I can’t really say more until then, but the feeling – his, of me and the doctors – is positive.”
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