Madrid’s press has revived ruмors about Erling Haaland’s potential arrival at Real Madrid. According to AS, the club is interested in signing him for the upcoming season.
This season, Benzema’s regular absences due to injury have been a source of concern for the club, which is seeking to replace the aging French striker who is exhibiting indications of weariness. Real Madrid is willing to pay a substantial fee to acquire the Norwegian’s services.
According to the AS daily, it would cost between 220 and 240 мillion euros to recruit Erling Haaland. If this occurs, the former Dortmund player would surpass Neymar and Kylian Mbappé to become the most expensive player in history.
Haaland to Gomez – How Man City’s seven signings have fared this season
This season, Manchester City has added seven players, and their performance thus far has been as follows.
Manchester City experienced an unusually chaotic summer as radical changes rushed through the club.
Pep Guardiola typically prefers slow progression over complete upheaval in the transfer market, but last year he made changes to keep City hungry for victory. As a result, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Aleks Zinchenko, and even the team’s captain Fernandinho all departed, despite having been instrumental in numerous trophy victories.
Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, Sergio Gomez, and Kalvin Phillips were brought in to replace them, along with goalkeeper Stefan Ortega and defender Manuel Akanji. Joao Cancelo, disgruntled with his lack of playing time, left on loan for Bayern Munich in January, while Maximo Perrone, a talented midfielder from Velez Sarsfield, arrived from Velez Sarsfield.
How have City’s seven additions performed thus far?
What can be said about Haaland that hasn’t been said a мillion times already? He is a natural phenomenon who makes goal-scoring appear effortless. Most strikers must exert effort to score, as that is what they are guarded against, yet the Norwegian phenomenon effortlessly finds the back of the goal on a regular basis.
Haaland has already smashed numerous records with his 42 goals in only 37 games, including the record for City’s most goals in a single season, which had stood since 1929. With plenty of games remaining, it would not be sᴜrprising if he reached 60 goals in all competitions. He is just seven goals away from brҽaking the record for most goals scored in a Premier League season by a rookie.
Yet, there have been times this season when City has had problems playing with a designated striker and locating Haaland. It is frightening to imagine how much better he will be next season now that these kinks have been sorted out.
After signing, Alvarez has done well despite being overshadowed by Haaland’s arrival and following goals. The 23-year-old was required to relocate to a different continent, but he has rapidly acclimated to City despite the fact that many believed he would play sparingly.
Yet, the Argentine has proven to be a valuable addition. Given the skill ahead of him, he has had limited opportunities to start, but whenever he has been given an opportunity, he has typically delivered, accumulating 12 goals and four assists. Alvarez’s first year in England could not have gone better, with a World Cup victory, in which he played a vital role, sandwiched between the signing of a new deal.
On the opposite end of the scale, Phillips has struggled since his transfer from Leeds United. Phillips understood it would be difficult for him to beat out Rodri for a spot in the starting lineup, but he must have expected to play more minutes.
The Yorkshireman has only played 342 minutes for his new club and has yet to make a Premier League appearance. A troublesome shoulder issue that necessitated surgery at the end of 2022 did limit his availability, but he has been fit since the World Cup and has seen little action. Unless Rodri suffers an injury, it appears doubtful that he will start more than the three times he has already unless the remaining matches are all critical.
Akanji’s low-key arrival from Borussia Dortmund was mostly ignored. By the end of the transfer window, when Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake, and John Stones were all injured, City pursued another central defender and settled on the £15 мillion signing of the Swiss.
Borussia Dortmund looked unconcerned about allowing him to leave, and he appeared to be a mere backup option. Instead, he has impressed Guardiola with consistently steady and dependable performances and risen to the top of the depth chart. Akanji is now the first-choice fullback alongside Ruben Dias, with Stones and Ake occupying the fullback positions and Laporte fighting for playing time. His influence has been a pleasant sᴜrprise.
Gomez was originally slated to go out on loan when the agreement to sign him from Anderlecht was made, and he has performed like a player who is not ready for the first squad. The only reason City kept him was because they made a rare error by allowing Zinchenko to leave before signing his replacement. Marc Cucurella was anticipated to arrive, but City declined to meet Brighton’s asking price, resulting in his departure for Chelsea.
Cucurella’s struggles at Stamford Bridge have resembled a narrow escape, but Gomez has not fared much better in his few games. It is unlikely that he will be on the team again next season.
Ortega, the backup goalkeeper, has impressed in his limited games. Apart from a shaky performance against Southampton, he has been very trustworthy and has kept six clean sheets in nine appearances.
In a victory against Chelsea, in which he made a series of outstanding saves, he was particularly outstanding. Some Blues supporters have even advocated for him to receive league opportunities over Ederson.
The arrival of Perrone in January was met with skepticism, as he appeared to be another player destined to spend the next few seasons on loan. Yet, he has remained in the team and has evidently impressed Guardiola, as he has already been granted two substitute appearances, including a lengthy 20-minute performance against Bournemouth.