With Kylian Mbappe potentially set to arrive for free, this could pave the way for Real Madrid to finance the €350 million (R6.1 billion) reportedly required to procure the services of Erling Haaland at the end of the season.
This past December, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke made it known that Los Blancos "are very interested" in signing the Norway superstar.
Last season's Bundesliga Player of the Season is also keen on a move to the Iberian Peninsula, with the player having recently disclosed that he sees himself playing in Spain in his future.
German publication Bild confirmed last week that, although Haaland's current contract with Dortmund runs until 2024, the Norwegian "can leave Borussia in the summer of 2022 for a fixed price of €75 million (R1.3 billion)".
Real have reportedly placed six players on their transfer list:
Combined with the reported release clause is commission expected by the player's agent, Mino Raiola, and his father, as well as his wages spread over six years, which could see Los Blancos spend a total of €350 million on the Scandinavian sensation.
The potential arrival of Mbappe on a free transfer might make this amount a possibility for the Spanish giants, though, with no transfer fee having to be paid to Paris Saint-Germain for the Frenchman if he agrees to join Real following the expiry of his Les Parisiens deal in June.
While Los Blancos' El Clasico rivals Barcelona are also said to be in contention for Haaland's signature – and with Raiola having reportedly already met with Blaugrana president Joan Laporta – it would be difficult for the Catalan side to construct a fee of this magnitude considering their current financial situation.
It would likely take a mass exodus of players from Barca's wage bill for them to seriously compete with Real for Haaland's services.