Real Madrid are preparing to make a ‘Galactico’ signing next summer and are targeting deals for Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
The Spanish side want to sign an elite centre-forward in next summer’s transfer window and have been raising cash behind the scenes in preparation for a big-money bid.
Mbappe has been a long-term target for Real Madrid and is approaching the end of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain, having turned down the option of an extension at the Parc des Prices.
Real Madrid have offloaded several high earners from the club’s wage bill in recent windows, with Marcelo, Isco and Gareth Bale moved on in 2022, and Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard all departing last summer.
The additional wage bill provides room to manoeuvre in the market, according to AS, particularly when presenting a proposal to sign Mbappe on a free transfer at the end of the season.
However, the Spaniards also have significant sums with which to spend, with €128m available in cash and a further €265m already approved to spend, according to the club’s official accounts.
Those figures make pursuits of both Mbappe and Erling Haaland a possibility next summer, as the club look to land the Galactico signings of the two forwards regarded as the best in the world right now.
Having seen Benzema leave for the Saudi Pro League last summer, Real Madrid – focused on winning the race for Jude Bellingham – signed Joselu on a short-term loan from Espanyol as a stop-gap signing to lead the line.
The reports in Spain now indicate that Los Blancos are prepared to break the bank once more, after a comparatively frugal period considered the club’s history since the turn of the century.
In figures released by AS, Real Madrid rank only 28th in world football for net spend in terms of transfer fees across the last decade (€193.2m), behind clubs including Bournemouth, Fulham and Crystal Palace.