Transfer Gossip:Real Madrid Eyes Haaland as Mbappe Decision Looms; Manchester Clubs Face Challenges in Midfield Pursuits

Real Madrid’s contingency plans involve Erling Haaland, while Manchester United and Arsenal encounter obstacles in midfielder pursuits.

In the ever-evolving landscape of European football transfers, Real Madrid is cautiously eyeing Erling Haaland amid the looming deadline for Kylian Mbappe’s decision. Mbappe, who snubbed Real Madrid two years ago, now faces a January 15 deadline set by the Spanish club, demanding a written commitment in the form of a pre-contract agreement. Should the French star fail to deliver, Real Madrid is prepared to shift their focus to Erling Haaland.

Reports from AS suggest that Real Madrid perceives Haaland’s buy-out clause to be more affordable than initially believed, with sources indicating it is ‘closer to 100 million euros than 200 million.’ However, Manchester City is not willing to take any chances, aware of Real’s interest in the Norwegian sensation. The Premier League Treble winners are reportedly in talks to offer Haaland a new contract, rejecting any potential offers from other clubs, including PSG.

Arsenal Targets Spanish Midfield Talents Amid Struggles:

Amid a challenging period for Arsenal in the Premier League and their exit from the FA Cup, manager Mikel Arteta is keen on reinforcements. Mundo Deportivo reports that Arteta has set his sights on Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi, intending to trigger his £51.6 million release clause. However, financial constraints and Zubimendi’s reluctance to move this month present hurdles for the Gunners.

In addition to the midfield pursuit, Arsenal is looking to bolster their attack with a £22 million offer for Getafe’s Borja Mayoral, according to The Sun.

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Manchester United Faces Sporting Lisbon Snub in Midfield Quest:

Manchester United finds themselves in a similar predicament as they seek both a midfielder and a striker while navigating Financial Fair Play (FFP) restrictions. Attempting to work around these limitations, United has proposed player swaps, including Facundo Pellistri, in a bid to acquire Denmark midfielder Morten Hjulmand from Sporting Lisbon. However, Sporting has rebuffed the offer, insisting that only a £69 million payment will trigger Hjulmand’s release clause.

The Red Devils, keen on uniting Hjulmand with compatriot Christian Eriksen, have scouted the midfielder extensively after his £15 million move from Lecce to Sporting Lisbon last summer. As the transfer window unfolds, Manchester United faces the challenge of meeting financial demands while securing key additions to their squad.

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