Manchester City are expected to speak with agent Mino Raiola in January over a possible transfer of Erling Haaland, according to reports.
The Norwegian striker sensation will be available for as little as £ 64million in the summer of 2022 when a contractual release clause goes into effect.
The world’s top teams are lining up to make their pay offer to Haaland’s super agent Raiola, and City are on the front lines according to the Times.
Haaland scored 68 goals in 67 games for Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga side and became one of the highest-rated prospects the game has ever seen.
Due to his unplayable reputation, Raiola is said to be asking for over £ 800,000 per week in any potential contract offer for the 21-year-old, with City ready to bid first.
Over the summer, Pep Guardiola’s side missed the signing of England captain Harry Kane as Tottenham refused to sell their striker, with Spurs reportedly rejecting a £ 128million offer from the Premier League champions.
City now appear determined to move on to Haaland as a No.1 attacking option, following the summer departure of all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero.
In early 2021, Raiola, along with Haaland’s father Alf-Inge, went on a stopping tour of Europe’s top teams as it looked like Dortmund would miss out on Champions League football.
The team eventually secured a place in the top four, with Haaland agreeing to stay for another year, but now it looks almost certain to leave despite Dortmund’s best efforts.
Alf-Inge Haaland played for Manchester City between 2000 and 2003, and Erling was even seen in sky blue as a child, when he admitted to being a huge fan of the Premier League.
City rivals Manchester United are said to be another candidate for Haaland’s signing, with the current boss and compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having managed the striker at Molde.
But City’s current deal with manufacturer Puma could give them another advantage, with the German marque planning to sign Haaland, whose father is a good friend of the company’s chief executive, Bjorn Gulden.
Puma is also a sponsor of Dortmund, and recent reports have claimed that the German club are ready to give him a big pay raise to sign a new contract, which will crush the release clause which is due to be activated this summer.
Reports claim BVB only wants to keep it for one more year, as they plan to cash in its full value when the time comes, and not the discounted price charges for which it could be picked up in June.
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