Haaland has ‘chosen’ Real
Arguably the summer transfer Saga of the Year involves Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. The Norwegian striker has grown to power in European football from his time at Red Bull Salzburg and then in Germany with Dortmund.
The striker has a release clause which activates in 2022 for a reasonable fee, considering his age and output, of around €75 million.
However, clubs are looking to move earlier and spend an even larger fee to secure the forward this summer. Fees of around €150 million are being suggested in the media which is the minimum Dortmund would expect.
Sign Haaland for €150 million.
Sign Mbappe for €250 million.
What would you rather do? 🤔
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Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola arrived in Barcelona for discussions this week but it appears that Real Madrid are to be the club he joins according to Spanish outlet AS, who go as for to say he has ‘chosen’ Los Blancos already.
Real lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus when the Portuguese icon decided to move on and have struggled to replicate the same goalscoring form without the former Manchester United forward.
Karim Benzema has done well but, now approaching his mid-thirties, Real know that the next ‘Galactico’ could be needed for the future. Haaland appears to be that man.
Guardiola rules out City
In an intriguing interview, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola ruled out the likelihood that City would move for a striker in the summer whatsoever let alone Haaland.
With Sergio Aguero leaving the club, many expected the Citizens to move for a replacement but the Spaniard referenced both Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres as seemingly ample replacements for the Argentine.
“Listen, with these prices, we are not going to buy any striker,” Guardiola said.
“It’s impossible. We will not afford it. That is not going to happen. All the clubs struggle financially. We are not an exception.
“We have Gabriel [Jesus], Ferran [Torres] who has played incredible in this position, we have young players in the Academy, we play many times with a false 9.
“So, I don’t know what is going to happen. Maybe we will buy but maybe we won’t buy a striker for the next season. Today, there is more chance we will not buy a striker.”
Whether City do end up moving for a striker in the summer is still not utterly ruled out. The northwest club have many times flexed their financial muscles and could well do again.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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