Real Madrid is reportedly looking to invest heavily in their attack to reclaim European dominance.
Despite winning the Champions League four times in the last five years, Spanish giants have lost their way. Since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club that summer, successors like Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic have struggled.
According to AS, they intend a January offensive revamp to relaunch their failed summer chase of Kylian Mbappe. Real Madrid has rejected three proposals for Mbappe, including one on deadline day, but they are determined to capture the France striker, whose contract with PSG expires at the end of the season.
Madrid is also interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to AS, who wants to live in Spain. There will almost certainly be a summer scramble from Europe’s top clubs for the Norwegian striker, whose £68 million release clause becomes active at the end of the season.
Madrid hopes to pair fresh signings with Vinicius Junior, who has thrived under Carlo Ancelotti. The 21-year-old Brazilian scored nine goals in 16 appearances this season, and Madrid wants to sign him till 2024. The three-person attack is part of AS’s ‘petro-football,’ or ‘trident anti-sheik’ High-spending clubs like Manchester City, PSG, and Newcastle United in the next decade.
Marca says that Bale has returned to Madrid injured after winning his 100th cap for Wales during the international break. Bale has been out with a knee injury for Real Madrid, but he started Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belarus. He has yet to play more than 68 minutes this season in a first-team match.