ERLING HAALAND to leave Borussia Dortmund with mega-money summer transfer
Sources close to Erling Haaland insisted the wanted striker “hasn’t signed anything yet” after reports earlier this week claimed Manchester City were approaching a stunning miracle boy. The 21-year-old is set to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer after a stunning two-year stint with the Bundesliga giants.
Many top European clubs are targeting the Norwegian striker, who has a £ 63 million rebate clause in his contract, which is due to take effect at the end of the season. The current Premier League champions emerged as leaders for Haaland’s signing earlier this week – but a new report claims that may not be the case.
As reported by AS, sources closer to the striker have revealed that Haaland did not ‘commit’ to Manchester City due to his desire to play for Real Madrid. The report further states that the striker wants to ‘make the most’ of his opportunities to play for Los Blancos, and as such is ready to maintain his chances for now.
Real Madrid are also in the market for an elite striker this summer and are persistently linked to the signing contract of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman is expected to be a free agent in the summer, and Real plans to attract the 23-year-old to the Bernabeu.
The current situation with Mbappe, however, has complicated Real’s search for Haaland. Real’s bitter rival, Barcelona, is also desperate to kidnap the fertile Dortmund star, but their lame financial problems are said to be hampered by any hope of bringing him to the Nou Camp.
Manchester City are ready to pay money for the striker this summer after missing a deal with Harry Kane last year. Pep Guardiola’s team failed to reach an agreement with Tottenham for the England captain, but City decided instead to turn their attention to Haaland.
The Daily Mail revealed earlier this week that City were ready to make Haaland ‘the highest paid player in the Premier League’ by giving the Dortmund star an excellent contract worth £ 500,000 a week.
But Guardiola’s team could be forced to change their summer transfer plans if Real Madrid could hijack their ambitious bid for Haaland. The City manager reiterated his desire to sign the top striker last month, but insisted the club would only spend the money on “someone special”.
Guardiola said in March: “I think the club definitely needs a striker. We’ve tried, but sometimes it’s not possible. We won’t buy him for a number unless they give us something special.
“I’m a man who feels comfortable when we have 14, 15, 16 players and five or six in the academy. We need a striker and I think the club will do their best. If it happens, it happens, but if it doesn’t, we’ll wait. “