Real Madrid Hoping To Land This Bundesliga Striker Next Summer: What Will He Add To Zidane’s Side?

Real Madrid hoping to land Erling Haaland next summer (Haaland is seen in action for his former club Red Bull Salzburg in the picture)
Erling Haaland of FC Salzburg celebrates after scoring the goal for 2:0 during the Champions League group E match between FC Salzburg and KRC Genk at Salzburg Stadion on September 17, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Andreas Schaad/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Marca has recently reported that Real Madrid are hoping to land Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland next summer as they believe that they could get him for a lower price than his current €75m release clause. It is understood that Los Blancos have maintained an excellent relationship with Lucien Favre’s side after selling Achraf Hakimi and sending Reinier out on loan to Dortmund, which could tip the scales in Madrid’s favour in the race to sign the Norwegian centre-forward at the end of this campaign (via Marca).

Haaland’s Prolific Goal-Scoring Record At Dortmund

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a magnificent spell at the Signal Iduna Park as he put in a series of match-winning performances in the Bundesliga since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg at the start of this calendar year. Haaland has banged in 21 goals and provided five assists in 23 appearances for the German giants so far in all competitions.

The Norwegian international has made a brilliant start to this campaign after netting five goals and grabbing two assists in five appearances for Dortmund on all fronts. He has shown a lot of maturity with his offensive contributions as evident from his average of 3.7 shots, 1.3 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the German top-flight this season. However, the talented youngster was a bit sloppy when distributing possession in the final third after making only 74.2% of his attempted passes in the top tier of German football (stats via whoscored).

Real Madrid hoping to land Erling Haaland next summer (Haaland is dribbling with the ball in the photo)
Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland runs with the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund v FC Cologne in Dortmund, on January 24, 2020. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The Norwegian Hotshot Add To Zinedine Zidane’s Side?

Haaland has got the pace and acceleration to stretch the opposition defence but what makes him such a lethal frontman is his ability to find the back of the net regularly at the highest level. He has transformed himself into a consistent goal-scorer in European football as he is often great with his positioning and has converted himself into an unforgiving finisher in front of the opponent’s goal.

The six-time Norwegian international has also got the strength to hold possession up inside the opposition penalty area and can even set-up his teammates when they are in a more advantageous position in the final third.

Haaland possesses the skillset to serve as an ideal long-term replacement for Karim Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. He could potentially lead the line for Zidane’s side for years to come and would be a clever signing for Los Blancos in the long-run.

Plus, Haaland will improve the quality of Madrid’s first XI considerably and has what it takes to become a fan-favourite at the Spanish capital if Zidane can find a way to snap him up next summer. At 20, the Norwegian is only getting started and could potentially become a transcendental talent if he can continue to improve himself with each season.

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