“Could’ve Pushed a Lot Harder For [Erling] Haaland” – Real Madrid’s Snub of Manchester City Icon to Land Kylian Mbappe Detailed

Published 10/03/2023, 12:58 PM EDT

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Erling Haaland’s record at Manchester City is a joke! He was a central figure in City’s treble-winning side and bagged 52 goals last campaign. The fact that Man City paid only $62.6 million for Haaland is absurd. This deal looks like a real bargain in today’s market. While Man City might have hit the jackpot, Real Madrid might just regret their decision to ignore the Norwegian in favor of the Frenchman, Kylian Mbappe.

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Real Madrid has been interested in the former Borussia Dortmund striker for the last few seasons. They have been looking for long term replacements for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. While they might have completed their rebuild, they are still looking for a world class striker. That striker could have been Haaland but Real Madrid had someone else in their plans.

Real Madrid’s decision to snub Erling Haaland

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Real Madrid prefer Kylian Mbappe as their next Galacticos signing. On the Tifo Football Podcast, hosts Jon Mackenzie and Jose Perez discussed the saga, stating “Madrid could have pushed a lot harder for [Erling] Haaland. A couple of years ago, When he was gonna go to Mancity, Haaland was making it clear he would have joined Madrid over Man City.

And, on the other hand, recent claims from the PSG President suggest that the World Cup winner might stay in the French capital. But Mbappe’s contract ends in 2024, and he is yet to extend it. Real Madrid will be keen on signing Mbappe on a free transfer.

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It will be interesting to see whether Mbappe commits his future to PSG or joins Los Blancos. On the other hand, Haaland will be looking to keep his sensational form this season and help City’s campaign on all fronts.

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Haaland and Manchester City’s superb form this season

Manchester City have started the season where they left the last one. The Citizens lead the Premier League table ahead of Spurs and Arsenal, who are only a point below. Haaland has been in astonishing form this season as well. The striker already has made 9 goal contributions in only seven appearances. City also began their UCL title defense in style, defeating Cravena Zvezda by 3-1 at the Etihad. With the experience and depth in the squad, Man City are favorites again to clinch the league title this season.

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City did lose their first game in the league this season away to Wolves and now face a stern test away to Arsenal. Without the likes of Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, it will be interesting to see how City approaches the game against the Gunners at the Emirates. But the Sky Blues will have their phenomenal No.9, who will look to haunt Arsenal at the Emirates again, just like last season.

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Mohd Rumman Chak

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Rumman is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. His deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game has been cultivated over 13 years of avidly following and playing soccer at the National level, not once, but twice. Engaging in sports debates and quizzes since his school days enriched his knowledge of the sport, and the virtual realm of FIFA videogames helped him to develop valuable insights into the dynamics of soccer, all of which now lay a solid foundation for his role as a contemporary soccer writer.
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