Real Madrid have already approached Borussia Dortmund about signing Erling Haaland

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Borussia Dortmund's surprise capture of Erling Haaland has been one of the best signings in recent memory. 

The 19-year-old has scored 11 goals in his first eight games for his new club since leaving RB Salzburg. 

With the Norwegian already being tipped as a future Ballon d'Or winner, BVB have secured all that for just £18 million. 

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A great bit of business by them, but an even shrewder masterclass by pantomime villain Mino Raiola. 

The super-agent made sure a £63m release clause was inserted in his contract to ensure Haaland would not be out of reach if an even bigger fish of European football came along. 

Manchester United are now out of the reckoning, largely due to their dispute with Raiola but also because they may well miss out on the top four next season. 

For a teenager who has the Champions League anthem as his alarm clock sound, that's simply not an option. 

However, Real Madrid cannot be ruled out as a destination and in fact, the youngster's next big move might be happening even sooner than we all thought. 

According to Marca, Los Blancos have already made an approach and have held talks about taking him to the Bernabeu as early as the summer. 

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That's despite his release clause only becoming active in 2021, so they may have to tempt Dortmund with a financial offer they can't refuse. 

Zinedine Zidane's desire to bring in a new striker has only been fuelled by his side's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City last night, which leaves their hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals hanging in the balance. 

That's supposedly why this information has come out today, in an apparent boost to Madrid morale. 

ANALYSIS

GIVEMESPORT'S Kat Lucas: 

Real Madrid would be foolish *not* to be looking at Haaland. We are talking about a generational talent who could yet surpass Kylian Mbappe in years to come. 

However, it also begs the question of whether Madrid would be the right move. His transfer to Dortmund was welcome because the Bundesliga, and Dortmund in particular, is the place to be for developing youngsters right now. 

The pressure of the famous white shirt can be too much for even the most precocious teenagers, as we've seen with Vinicius Junior and others before him. 

It seems inevitable that Haaland won't be at the Westfalenstadion for the long haul but it would be great to see him thrive there for a couple of seasons at least. Unfortunately, with Raiola's fingers already poised on his purse strings that seems unlikely. 

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