Real Madrid have been quite active in the transfer window this summer. The La Liga giants have secured the signatures of Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni.
Meanwhile, Los Blancos are planning a transfer for a Manchester City striker in 2024. Elsewhere, Rodrygo has been candid about rejecting Barcelona. On that note, here’s a look at Real Madrid’s key transfer stories on June 18, 2022:
Real Madrid plans 2024 move for Erling Haaland
Real Madrid plans to target Erling Haaland in 2024, AS reports. The Norwegian striker came over from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City this summer. The 21-year-old has admirers at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the club have declined to target the player this summer. Karim Benzema’s breathtaking form would have made it very difficult to take Haaland into the playing XI.
The La Liga giants wanted the Norwegian to stay at Dortmund for one more season and planned to sign him in 2023. However, the 21-year-old was desperate to leave the Bundesliga this year and a move to the Etihad appealed to him. Los Blancos are unperturbed by the turn of events and remain interested in his signature.
As Benzema continues to gain strength, the Spanish giants have simply postponed their plans to sign Haaland. The Norwegian reportedly has a €150m breakout clause in his contract with City, which Madrid plans to activate in 2024. By then, Benzema is expected to slow down and Haaland could step down to replace him at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Rodrygo opens up about rejecting Barcelona
Rodrygo has said he has rejected Barcelona from signing for Real Madrid. The 21-year-old joined Santos’ La Liga giants in 2019, but it now appears the Blaugrana were also looking for his signature. His father had apparently made a deal with the Blaugrana, and only Rodrygo’s signature was missing.
Speaking on the Jota Jota podcast (via Sports World), Rodrygo recalled the circumstances why he chose Los Blancos over Barcelona.
“I came home after a game. I had a Real Madrid shirt in the house, and my father came into the room with that shirt and another one from Barcelona, and he said ‘now choose’. And I chose Real Madrid,” said Rodrygo.
Rodrygo also recalled learning the nuances of the game after scoring his first goal for the Spanish giants.
“During my debut with Real Madrid, in pre-season, I scored a goal from a free kick and celebrated. When I got to the dressing room, Marcelo and Nacho said to me: ‘If you lose and you celebrate, take the ball and go to the center circle and you won’t celebrate,” said Rodrygo.
Dean Saunders advises Gareth Bale to move to Newcastle United
Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders has advised Gareth Bale to join Newcastle United. The Welshman will leave Los Blancos this summer at the end of his contract. The 32-year-old has yet to make a decision on his next destination but wants to play regular football ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Saunders said Bale would fit right into St. James’ Park
“If I could choose a club to go to now I would say sign for Newcastle. They have a project; they are moving in the right direction – he would join. The fans are now in Newcastle, because I’ve been there and I’ve worked there – and I realize how much they love the club – they can sell 80,000 season tickets right now,” said Saunders.