Arling Holland and Killian Ambape have recently been named as the successors of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the two leading stars of world football. And like the Argentine and Portuguese, who starred in the past decade in Spain, so too are their heirs in demand at La Liga, the Barcelona of Joan Laporta and Real Madrid who want to renew this summer.
But unlike in the past, the two greats of Spanish football are no longer at the top of the industry’s richest clubs, and accordingly, so are their capabilities in the transfer market. Which puts them at a disadvantage in the race to join the Frenchman, for whom Paris Saint-Germain is offering extraordinary sums to secure his future with her, as well as the Norwegian, who is expected to receive attractive offers from all over the continent.
However, Marca reported this morning that Real Madrid are hoping that beyond the economic aspect, other motives may lead the two to prefer the Spanish champions, such as sympathy for the club and the dream of wearing the white shirt. The report is based on the fact that although so far Ambape has received attractive offers to renew his contract, he refused them all, which may indicate his desire to change the atmosphere, and possibly reach the club that has been waiting for him since 2017. One reason for this may be the possible arrival of Leo Messi and possibly even of Sergio Aguero, which could overshadow him in a squad that already includes Neymar.
In the case of the Norwegian, Marca joins a number of reports that have already been published in the country, according to which the Netherlands is determined to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, although his initial goal was to leave Germany only in 2022. It has also been claimed that he dreams of playing in the Spanish capital, something his agent Mino Raiola is pushing for, partly out of interest in having a player at Real Madrid.
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On the other hand, Laporta, who joined Ronaldinho in his first term as president of Barcelona, wants a glittering acquisition upon his return to office. According to Catalan “Sport”, the president-elect has already contacted Raiola regarding the Norwegian diamond. However, it will not be a simple deal to make, even as Barça will have to sell players for at least € 100 million and cut salaries to make the move economically realistic.
This is of course not the first time the two rivals have fought for a star, and the “S” mentioned quite a few notable names from the past, from Alfredo Di Stefano, through David Beckham, Neymar Danny Alves and Luis Suarez, to Vinicius Jr., Danny Sabaios and Theo Hernandez. Now it remains mostly to wait and see which of the two, if any, will win the battle for the Norwegian?