EXCLUSIVE: Man City have deal in place to seal blockbuster signing of Real Madrid target Erling Haaland with personal terms discussed and Dortmund star expected to choose Premier League champions
- Manchester City have deal in place to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland
- The 21-year-old is one of the most sought after players and has £63m release clause
- Sportsmail understands striker will choose switch to Premier League champions
- City’s most significant rival in their pursuit of star is Spanish giants Real Madrid
Manchester City have a deal in place to land the blockbuster signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
Sources in Germany close to the move have told Sportsmail they now expect the 21-year-old to choose a switch to the Etihad Stadium. They say personal terms have been discussed and the framework of the transfer is ready to be signed off by City chiefs.
Haaland has a £63million release clause in his Dortmund contract, while the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, is also set to earn a substantial payment. Those fees, plus a signing-on bonus, are likely to take the total outlay towards £100m.
Manchester City have a deal in place to land the blockbuster signing of Erling Haaland
Pep Guardiola has been in the market for a forward since the last summer transfer window
The financials are said to be affordable for City, who have made the Norway striker their number one transfer priority.
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are showing interest but City’s most significant rival is Real Madrid, who will continue fighting for the goal machine’s signature.
Yet there is a growing feeling across Europe that the Premier League champions are in pole position to land the continent’s hottest property and an expectation that he will line up for Pep Guardiola next season.
Haaland’s father, Alfie, spent three years at City after Leeds United, and the family still leaving an affinity with the club.
Haaland has scored 16 Bundesliga goals in 14 appearances this season for Dortmund
Sportsmail revealed earlier in the week that City’s pursuit of a high-ticket left back had taken a back seat, which pointed towards confidence surrounding a big outlay on a serial goalscorer.
Guardiola has consistently stressed that the club requires a frontline striker following the release of Sergio Aguero last year and that the team has found ways of playing without one rather than not needing a focal point.
Haaland – who is nearing a return for Dortmund after suffering a muscle injury in January – boasts an enviable record. He has 80 goals from 79 appearances for the Bundesliga side and a career return that reads 149 from 190 games.