SPANISH giants Real Madrid are ready to splash the cash for teen sensation Erling Haaland.
It comes as a blow for Manchester United, who missed out on the young Norwegian in January.
Karim Benzema has not scored in La Liga since netting the winner against Atletico Madrid in February – one of just two strikes in as many months.
And Zinedine Zidane is in the market for a goalscorer with summer signing Luka Jovic struggling to make an impact.
Haaland, 19, has caught the attention of many top European clubs and Real are in need of a talisman following the departure of their star man Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now shining in Serie A with Juventus.
He joined the German outfit from Salzburg in January – turning down a Manchester United offer in the process.
He then went on to score twice in his second game, making it five goals in 57 minutes for his new team.
The youngster scored 28 goals in just 22 games for RB Salzburg in the first half of the campaign.
He has also managed 12 goals in just eight appearances since his signing with the German giants.
Other names making the rounds in terms of a Real swoop are Lautaro Martinez and Timo Werner.
Both are on the striker shortlist for the Spanish side as Zidane aims to bolster his attack.
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Los Blancos need a Ronaldo replacement, and fast, as currently the squad are heavily reliant on Benzema who has struggled to find the net.
The one positive in this scenario for Zidane is that Real and Dortmund happen to share a good relationship, having successfully done business in the past.
Both managers are said to get along well with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola an added bonus.
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