EI Madrid has in mind an ambitious and developed ‘Anti-Sheikh Plan’. Florentino Pérez and José Ángel Sánchez, general director of the white club, have long been wondering how to stand up to the so-called State-Clubs. Given that it is impossible to compete with them face to face from the purely economic area, the solution is already outlined: to convince the great footballers on the market to prefer to play for Madrid because of its historical and universal prestige, instead of accept exorbitant millionaire chips in clubs such as PSG, City, Chelsea or, for a few weeks, Newcastle.
The important thing is that Madrid was already ahead of all of them four years ago when they signed Vinicius to Flamengo, before he was 17 years old, paying 40 million euros to the Rio club. If follow Friends your current progression, This coming summer it will cost a minimum of 100 million, more than double its purchase price.
Continuing in that line and playing with the termination of their current contracts, Mbappé will be the next galactic to swell the Bernabéu’s payroll. Kylian remains firm in his desire not to renew his contract with PSG, which ends on June 30. The 22-year-old boy does not give in to the pressures of Al-Khelaïfi and in the Parisian club they seem resigned to losing their player-flag despite having Neymar and Messi, far below in numbers and performance than until now it is offering this season Mbappé in the Parc des Princes.
With Vinicius tied up (he has a contract until 2024 and the club hopes to renew it next summer for three or four more seasons) and Mbappé on the way, the third order that will allow Madrid to stand up to the State Clubs is the signing of Haaland. The most difficult of all, without a doubt. First, because he still has a contract in force with Borussia Dortmund. Second because in the Premier they see him as the great scorer of the next decade once resigned to running out of Mbappé, Bernabéu’s meat. And third, his agent is Mino Raiola and his relationships with Florentino are not exactly ideal. In fact, the signing of Pogba, also a Raiola player, is totally ruled out among other things for that reason.
The good thing is that the Haaland family nucleus is in favor of the work that the 21-year-old boy ends up accepting Madrid’s proposal despite the fact that both Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool or United will always be willing to pay you more.
Haaland’s father bought a family home in Marbella almost a year ago, a retirement chosen by the Norwegian in the last two years to recover, at the Marbella Center, from the injuries he has suffered in this period. Without going any further, last October he was there to accelerate the recovery from that hip injury that will not allow him to play again until after the Christmas break.
In addition, Haaland’s father is a regular at the excellent golf courses in and around Marbella, so the family wants the boy to opt for the Real Madrid offer to permanently establish his permanent residence in the sunny enclave of the Andalusian coast.
The new Bernabéu
The question is clear. Ancelotti, on the one hand, rubs his hands at the possibility of directing from the bench a trident that would surely mark the next decade of world football. And above, with a luxury captain next to them as is Karim Benzema, who could extend his career at the brand new Bernabéu until the 2023-24 academic year, putting the finishing touch to his stage as a professional footballer in the European Championship in Germany (with 36 years).
It is evident that if you have Mbappé, Benzema, Haaland and Vinicius in attack, there is no Club-State that can face that no matter how much money it has. The ‘top’ level talent is scarce since Messi and Cristiano have gone down a couple of steps. And everyone agrees that his heirs are Mbappé and Haaland. Madrid starts with an advantage.
The Parisian will be 23 years old on December 20, in full football maturity. At PSG, he has led 7 goals and 9 assists this season, ahead of Messi and Neymar. With France he has compensated for the penalty he missed against Switzerland in the Eurocup being the architect of the ticket for Qatar, in perfect alliance with Benzema, with whom he will share a dressing room at the Bernabéu from 2022.
The 21-year-old Norwegian giant is facing the most decisive moment of his career. He knows that Madrid wants him to form an attack that would go down to posterity, along with Mbappé, Benzema and Vinicius. But doubts assail the Norwegian because he wants to arrive at the new Bernabéu as the star signing and being the great reference. To be clearer, he is wary of coming behind Mbappé, the true great corner piece of the next white project. It will only come if you accept it.
We are facing the great explosion of the Brazilian winger. At 21 he has started the course in ‘crack mode’. Nine goals and seven assists certify his definitive leap to the table of the greats. Even Tite has ended up giving in and taking him to Brazil again. Next summer the club will offer to renew his contract until 2027 or 2028 with an armor of 1,000 million.