Craig Burley says Kylian Mbappe's ego is out of control
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Erling Haaland’s desire to be the ‘main man’ could potentially scupper a potential move to Real Madrid according to reports from Spain. The imperious Norwegian striker looks likely to leave Borussia Dortmund next summer, when a £68m buy-out clause becomes active at the Signal Iduna Park.
Haaland’s registered an astounding goalscoring record since initially joining the Bundesliga giants from RB Salzburg in a deal worth around £18m.
Since the start of the new season, the ferocious 21-year-old has already contributed seven goals and four assists in five Bundesliga appearances, as well as a goal in the Champions League.
However, his overall record with Dortmund is what has really set him apart from other strikers of his age and quality, as he as recorded an astonishing 68 goals and 19 assists in just 67 appearances.
There is little surprise all the biggest clubs in world football are set to fight amongst themselves for his illusive signature.
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Real Madrid will be one of the heavyweights in the mix, and reports from Marca claimed Carlo Ancelotti’s side were hoping to sign Haaland, Paul Pogba, and Kylian Mbappe for a combined £68m.
The two Frenchmen will both be available on a free contract next season unless Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain respectively tie them down to new contracts.
However, it is also understood by Marca, Real’s priority transfer is Mbappe, as they view him to be one of the main men to lead them back to glory.
This would likely knock the ego of Haaland who has firmly established himself as the go to man for both Dortmund and Norway.
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He evidently thrives and bounces of the pressure; therefore, any potential move to Real Madrid would likely require him to play alongside Mbappe and compete with him to be the figurehead of the team.
Both players have also been playing in the same position for their respective clubs, with Mbappe recently being moved into the centre-forward position to be flanked by Neymar and Lionel Messi on either side.
While Real Madrid would surely be hoping to sign both mercurial hitmen, they will be more than aware of the dangers of having too many talents and egos in the same dressing room.
It was not so long ago they had Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Ronaldo, Raul, Luis Figo, and many more in the same team.
Unfortunately, they were still unable to win the Champions League for 12 years between 2002 and 2014.
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If they do choose to only go with one of Mbappe or Haaland, then it is likely the Frenchman will be the one they want.
Ancelotti’s side reportedly saw a €200m bid for Mbappe rejected by PSG on the final day of the transfer window.
Meanwhile, they were also linked with Pogba of Manchester United, but a move for the midfielder also failed.
While it is very unlikely Mbappe will sign a new deal, reports from L’Equipe said recently early the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo may have convinced him to commit his future to the Red Devils.
Real will likely reflect on their unforgettable transfer window of 2009 where they broke the transfer record twice, firstly on the £60m signing of Kaka from AC Milan, and £80m on Ronaldo from Manchester United – Ronaldo went on to become their greatest ever player, while Kaka struggled to impose himself on the team.
The 13-time Champions League winners will do their best to ensure they do not make the same mistake again.
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