Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe & Vinicius Jr at Real Madrid? Julio Baptista explains why Florentino Perez can reform the ‘Galacticos’

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Real Madrid are famed for their ‘Galacticos’ transfer policy, with it possible that Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe will form part of that process.

The Blancos, with Florentino Perez filling the role of club president, have previously invested heavily in the likes of Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Ronaldo, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Financial constraints mean that the very best in the business cannot always be targeted in each passing window.

Real are, however, looking to build for the future once again and are said to have French World Cup winner Mbappe back in their sights as he nudges an exit door open at Paris Saint-Germain. They have also been linked with prolific Norwegian frontman Haaland in the past and could be a future landing spot for him once he has finished breaking records and collecting major honours at Manchester City.

Former Madrid star Julio Baptista can see such deals being put in place, with the Brazilian discussing superstar recruitment at Santiago Bernabeu with GOAL

  1. Galacticos Part III

    Galacticos Part III

    Quizzed on whether Real could one day boast a fearsome front three of Mbappe, Haaland and Vinicius Junior, Baptista - who was speaking on behalf of Gambling Zone - told GOAL: “I think the whole world would like to see these players play together. The only man that could create that situation is Florentino. He has done it in the past, he could do it again now. When you have so many good players in one team it is not easy to control them. When you are successful it is okay, but when you aren’t then it becomes very complicated. This has happened in the past and it’s hard.”

  2. French fancy

    French fancy

    Real are reported to be mulling over a move for Mbappe that could cost them upwards of €200 million (£174m/$224m), with Baptista saying when asked if he expects the exciting 24-year-old to end up in Spain: “It depends on his choice. I don’t know if he will move in the summer or the next window. I think he knows that to become one of the best players in the world, he needs to move. PSG have an incredible team, but they don’t create something special like other teams – Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich. These type of teams create something, a legacy. PSG is missing something to complete the process, they have got to the final of the Champions League and created an incredible team but are still missing the final piece. I think he needs to move if he wants to be the best player in the world.”

  3. Now or never
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    Now or never

    Pressed further on whether Real should make their move this summer, in order to avoid seeing a rival suitor steal in for one of the most sought-after players on the planet, Baptista added: “This is the risk you take. If the player doesn’t want to move, then you can’t sell the player. If the player says ‘sorry, I don’t to join this team’, then you can’t sell the player.”

  4. Stay or go?

    Stay or go?

    Real already have one superstar forward on their books in the form of Vinicius Jr – with Karim Benzema having departed as a free agent – but questions have been asked of how long he will stick around after being subjected to regular rounds of vile racist abuse. Baptista said when asked if he sees his fellow countryman spending a long time in the Spanish capital: “I think he needs to stay at Real Madrid. He knows the Spanish league now. He has been in incredible form. I think he had an amazing season and he needs to continue to do what he does. If he continues, maybe he can compete to be the best player in the world. He needs to stay in the same way as he did last season.”