A big-money release clause has been included in the contract of incoming Manchester City signing Erling Haaland, according to reports.
The bombshell news which Sky Blues fans across the globe were patiently awaiting was of course finally forthcoming earlier this week.
This came in the form of confirmation that Norwegian sensation Haaland is primed to link up with Pep Guardiola’s side, after an ‘agreement in principle’ was struck with Borussia Dortmund over a summer transfer:
Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1st July 2022.
The transfer remains subject to the Club finalising terms with the player.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 10, 2022
Haaland, it is understood, has set the Premier League champions back a fee of just €60 million (or close to it), owing to a clause becoming active in the hitman’s Dortmund contract.
As alluded to above, though, City themselves could, down the line, fall victim to a similar situation, should a rival club from across the continent be willing to spend big to add Haaland to their attacking ranks.
This comes amid claims stemming from Germany that a release clause is too set to come into play in the 21-year-old’s contract at the Etihad, in two years’ time.
As per a report from Bild, Haaland will be free to depart City in the summer of 2024 for a fee in the region of €150 million.
Breaking | Erling Haaland will have a clause in his Manchester City contract that would allow him to leave in two years for €150m. (Bild)
— Get German Football News (@GGFN_) May 12, 2022
Word of Haaland’s apparent Sky Blues exit route of course comes fresh on the back of the Norwegian international’s name taking centre stage in the English headlines once more on Wednesday night.
This came as soon-to-be teammate Kevin De Bruyne sent something of a welcome message to Haaland, en route to the midfielder’s remarkable four-goal haul against Wolves:
We’ve seen this celebration somewhere before….
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 11, 2022
This article was edited by Josh Barker.