Los Blancos could allegedly bring both the France & Norway stars to Santiago Bernabeu but La Liga’s president fears the transfer market is broken
Real Madrid have enough money to purchase both Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe if they so choose, claims La Liga president Javier Tebas, who further cautioned that the current operation of the transfer market is sending the game “backwards”.
Los Blancos received multiple offers for the latter from Paris Saint-Germain, despite the fact that the France international enters free agency next season with no new deal.
Now Carlo Ancelotti’s team is expected to swoop once again for Mbappe, along with Borussia Dortmund star Haaland, who has another big transfer. Tebas believes that the club could afford a double deal while also blasting Ligue 1 transfer regulations.
What has been said?
“They [Real Madrid] have sold €200 million worth of players,” Tebas told Cadena COPE. “They have enough money to sign both [Kylian] Mbappe and [Erling] Haaland together. They have not lost any money. They also have sold assets.
“What is not understandable is that someone who loses €400 million, is spending €500 million on wages and can still reject offers like the one for Mbappe. France’s rules are failing, and they are harming the European market. The UEFA system is flawed.
“We are moving backwards from what it should be. Investors need to be brought in but not with endless contributions and constant losses. This would be prohibited in any other sector.
They would rather win the Champions League than lose a billion euros. They keep their fans happy by winning the Champions League. But you have ruined football. It’s very dangerous.”
Tebas is angry.
The comments by the 59 year-old Tebas come after a summer when La Liga lost its most prized player asset to PSG, in the form of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. There were also financial problems for a number top-flight Spanish clubs.
Their foreign rivals have largely strengthened their squads through a variety of big-money transfers or wages. PSG has assembled a formidable roster, including Madrid’s ex-captian Sergio Ramos.
Tebas’ words seem to be a sharper response to the way that cash-rich clubs at top of the sport are pricing rivals out of their market – and how there are still questions about how many will ever be able to compete against the super-rich in the future.