Real Madrid moved eight points clear at the top of the La Liga table with a 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday.
Goals from Eduardo Camavinga, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio helped Carlo Ancelotti’s men take all three points ahead of the Champions League Round of 16 second leg with PSG in midweek.
Meanwhile, Jan Aage Fjortoft has named Los Blancos among the favorites to sign Erling Haaland. Elsewhere, the La Liga giants are locked in a battle with PSG over Jonathan Claus.
On that note, here’s a look at the top Real Madrid transfer stories as of March 6, 2022:
Real Madrid among favorites to sign Erling Haaland
Former Middlesbrough striker Jan Aage Fjortoft believes Real Madrid are among the two favorites in the race to sign Erling Haaland. The Norwegian is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer. La Liga giants Madrid are plotting to bring the 21-year-old to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Haaland has become one of the best strikers in world football right now. His exploits with Dortmund won him admirers across Europe. The Norwegian is said to have a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave on a cut-price deal this summer. The 21-year-old is expected to start a bidding war for his services this summer.
However, Fjortoft say Los Blancos and Manchester City are the two main candidates to sign Haaland. Speaking to ESPN, he said the race has been intense for Haaland so far and the final decision could be made by the 21-year-old.
“I have the feeling that Real Madrid will be ahead of Barcelona. And in Manchester City there is already a free place, as they say in Formula 1. What I know about this process is that it it’s about small details and that in the end Erling will have to make a decision,” Fjortoft said.
The former player continues:
“As we approach the end of this negotiation, there are only two clubs left, and that’s Real Madrid and Manchester City. This Barcelona thing, I don’t know if there will be a spin at the end, but at the moment I think it’s because of these two clubs.”
Haaland has scored 80 times in 79 games for BvB since joining the club in January 2020. He has netted 23 times this season and recently netted his 50th Bundesliga goal in just his 50th game in the competition.
Los Blancos locked in battle with PSG over Jonathan Clauss
Real Madrid are locked in a battle with PSG over Jonathan Clauss, according to The Hard Tackle via Fichajes.
The Lensois right-back has been one of the best in his position in the league this season. The Frenchman has been omnipresent in the Ligue 1 defense since his arrival in 2020.
The 29-year-old has registered four goals and nine assists in 26 league games this season. This is the most goals scored in Europe’s top five leagues this season.
Clauss’ exploits have won him admirers at the Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos believe Clauss could be a fabulous replacement for Dani Carvajal. However, the Parisians also have their eyes on the Frenchman and don’t want to surrender without a fight. Clauss could be available for around €10m.
Carlo Ancelotti satisfied with his performance against Real Sociedad
Carlo Ancelotti has praised his side for their performance against Real Sociedad on Saturday. Madrid scored an early goal but scripted a comeback to seal the three points.
Speaking after the match, Ancelotti said the victory gave his side a much-needed boost ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against PSG.
“The plan was to push La Real really high, and that worked out well. The players put in a huge physical effort, and if we play like that on Wednesday, we’ll increase our chances of winning the draw. It was our best game so far this season,” Ancelotti said.
The Los Blancos manager added:
“It was important because it allowed us to increase our lead to eight points, we enjoyed ourselves and the team understood how important this game was. This will give us a lot of hope for Wednesday. Playing with that kind of intensity is what fans love to see, and we’ll need it again on Wednesday. Can we repeat the performance? Of course we can.”
Madrid’s attention now turns to their Champions League round of 16 with PSG. They have trailed the Ligue 1 giants 1-0 since the first leg three weeks ago.