Real Madrid’s terrifying XI if both Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe join in double swoop

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Real Madrid’s desire to strike a deal for Kylian Mbappe next summer has been well documented over the past few months – but they now look poised to seal a sensational double swoop by enticing Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland to join the Frenchman in moving to the Bernabeu.

Haaland is expected to leave Dortmund this summer, with a new report from The Athletic this week suggesting that Manchester City had earmarked the Norwegian star as their ‘first-choice’ transfer target. Manchester United have also had a longstanding interest in the striker.

But The Daily Star are reporting that Haaland is set to snub a move to both Manchester clubs in order to seal a dream switch to Real Madrid – even if Real press ahead with their pursuit of Mbappe, who has just months remaining on his current deal at Paris Saint-Germain.

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Not only will that prospect leave a host of European clubs disappointed at missing out on a deal for Dortmund’s goalscoring phenomenon, but it’s also one that will leave the rest of the world in awe of Real’s star-studded new team.

Even for a team who once become infamous for its collection of superstars, dubbed ‘The Galacticos’, snapping up two players with the quality that Haaland and Mbappe possess would be remarkable.

Here, Express Sport takes a look at how Real Madrid’s new generation of ‘Galacticos’ could line up if Haaland and Mbappe touch down in the Spanish capital…

Thibaut Courtois has established himself as Real’s undisputed number one since he arrived in Spain in a £35m deal back in 2018. At just 29, Courtois is in his prime and should form the bedrock of Real’s side for years to come.

French left-back Fernaud Mendy has gone from strength to strength at the Bernabeu whilst his cohort on the other flank, Dani Carvajal has been one of the stand-out right-backs in the world in recent years.

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The new-look central defensive partnership of David Alaba and Militao has been the cornerstone of Real’s relentless title bid this season. The duo have been so impressive that Real have reportedly even shelved a deal for Chelsea centre back Antonio Rudiger, who is set to be available for nothing in the summer.

In a three-man midfield, Real would have no shortage of star power. Casemiro has proven himself to be one of the resolute and dependable defensive midfielders in Europe and his presence would allow the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos to create ahead of him.

If Real choose to act upon their previous interest in Paul Pogba, who could be set to depart Manchester United for nothing at the end of the season, then they could also add another dimension to their attacking play and find a long-term successor to Modric.

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But it’s at the top end of the pitch where Real would truly thrive if they can wrap up the most ambitious of double deals.

Vinicius Jr has already shown glimpses of his potential quality. The youngster has already notched 10 league goals in 19 games this term – and he’s only going to get better with age.

The prospect of the Brazilian forward linking up with Haaland and Mbappe in a three-pronged attack is a tantalising prospect for Real fans.

Potential Real Madrid XI (4-3-3): Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Vinicius Jr, Mbappe, Haaland.

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