Real Madrid star Karim Benzema says he would welcome the arrival of Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland in the summer transfer window.
Haaland, 20, has established himself as one of the finest young players in European football across an incredible 18-month spell in Germany which has seen him break record after record with 47 goals in 48 games in all competitions.
Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea are thought to be lining up big-money moves to prise Haaland away from Dortmund and Madrid have also been heavily linked with the £120million-rated striker as Zinedine Zidane looks to bring in a marquee attacking signing.
Any club with serious ambitions of landing Haaland will reportedly have to satisfy the Norwegian’s eye-watering £350,000-a-week wage demands.
Asked about the rumours surrounding Haaland at a press conference on Monday, Madrid stalwart Benzema told reporters: ‘I’m not going to talk about players who aren’t here.
‘Every month we talk about people who are not here, about players who score a lot of goals. He scores a lot of goals for his team.
‘If one day he has the opportunity to come, let him come…’
Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was also asked about the prospect of signing Haaland last week and suggested it would be a ‘little easier’ than landing PSG and France superstar Kylian Mbappe.
‘Haaland or Mbappe if I were a coach? I would like to have both of them, but a coach does not sign,’ the Madrid and Spain defender told Ibai Llanos on Twitch.
‘Perhaps, due to the circumstances and the current situation, today I think it would be a little easier to sign Haaland.
‘Mbappe is talked about as the Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi replacement, and the circumstances are more complicated.
‘Mbappe has it too, of course, but it would be much easier today to come to terms with Haaland.’