Why Real Madrid let Haaland slip away

One of the biggest transfers this summer will be Erling Haaland’s move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City. The Norwegian’s move was confirmed this week, despite the fact that he was strongly linked with La Liga champions Real Madrid for the past several months.

Haaland’s father and his agent Mino Raiola visited Valdebebas earlier in the season, during a trip that also saw them dropping by the Camp Nou. It was believed that Haaland was keen on playing in La Liga, but Manchester City joined the race for his signature. In the past several weeks, it became a two-horse race between the Sky Blues and Los Blancos, but the latter appeared to go lukewarm in their efforts.

Indeed, City emerged as the victors. In fact, Florentino Perez never made a formal bid for Haaland despite showing clear interest. According to Marca, Real Madrid did not want to compromise another precarious transfer, that of Kylian Mbappe from PSG.

The French striker is being wooed by the Spanish giants, and they do not wish to make him feel like they are looking at other options. While the two can potentially play together in one club, Real Madrid want to make sure Mbappe knows he is the priority.