From Borussia Dortmund, former Real Madrid player, coach, and general manager Jorge Valdano urged the club to sign Erling Haaland ahead of Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.
The rise to prominence of Haaland is well known, with the Norwegian scoring 37 goals since his Dortmund debut in January last year in as many appearances in all competitions, having previously shone at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.
In the meantime, Mbappe has managed to hit the net for PSG with regularity, but his long-term development has been challenged because of the relative ease with which his club continues to dominate Ligue 1.
With his current deal in the French capital due to expire at the end of next season, the World Cup champion himself recently admitted that he was giving thought to his future.
For Mbappe, a move to Madrid has long been mooted, but Valdano feels that instead, Real supremo Florentino Perez should give Haaland priority.
“I would have signed Haaland before Mbappe,” Onda Cero told the 65-year-old. He’s moving in wide and small spaces, scoring with great regularity.
“I understand that Mbappe is a star, but with Haaland, I’m impressed. He scores targets of all sorts.”
On Wednesday, after struggling to lock down a starting spot under Zinedine Zidane, Martin Odegaard, meanwhile, completed a loan move to Arsenal.
Valdano, however, feels that this season, with the patience needed for any player with ambitions to become a frequent fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu, Odegaard should have offered his time.
“It does not seem to me that when he had his chance, Odegaard played badly, but he lacked a degree of audacity and a greater sense of risk,” Valdano said of the 22-year-old.