Chelsea reportedly made every move possible to sign Erling Haaland during the summer transfer window, but all to no avail as Borussia Dortmund decided against selling the striker to Chelsea.
Haaland will be hot property this summer, and reports claim Real Madrid are targeting the 21-year-old and also PSG star Kylian Mbappe.
According to LaLiga president Javier Tebas, Real Madrid can afford to sign both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland next summer.
“Madrid have sold €200m worth of players,” Tebas said on Monday, speaking at an event hosted by the Sport Integrity Global Alliance.
“They have the money to sign Mbappe and Haaland together. They haven’t made losses, and what’s more, they’ve made sales.”
Madrid have not paid a transfer fee for a first team player since 2019, and the Los Blancos recorded a profit of €874,000 for the 2020-21 financial year despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Having let off the hook of Ronaldo’s massive wages three years ago, Madrid allowed Martin Odegaard to join Arsenal and Raphael Varane to move to Manchester United this summer and also let go of Sergio Ramos to free the wage bill.
Tebas then slammed PSG for ruining football as he hailed Real Madrid’s recent model.
“What isn’t understandable is that [PSG], who have losses of €400m and a wage bill of €500m, are able to reject offers like the one they received for Mbappe,” Tebas said. “The controls in France are failing. They’re doing damage to the European market. UEFA’s system is mistaken. We’re going in the wrong direction.”
He added: “We have to attract investors, but not with unlimited contributions and constant losses. It wouldn’t be allowed in other sectors. They’d prefer to win the Champions League while losing a billion. Their fans would be happy, but you’ve ruined football. It’s very dangerous.”
While Real Madrid’s recent policy have been effective, let’s not forget that Chelsea have had one of the best policies in recent times, as the Blues have been spending big in the transfer market but gaining more from the sale of players.