Manchester City receive massive boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland

Manchester City have been handed a big boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland. This piece of news comes after Spanish transfer expert Josep Pedrerol, as conveyed by Infinite Madrid, claims that Real Madrid have ruled out themselves from the race to sign the Borussia Dortmund man.

Erling Haaland, 21, has established himself as one of the world’s best players since arriving at Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020. He has netted an astonishing 70 goals in 69 appearances for the Bundesliga club, including 13 in 10 appearances this season,  which has put him on the radar of elite European clubs.

Manchester City and Real Madrid have been linked with the Norwegian international, as have the rest of Europe’s top sides. During the past summer transfer window, Chelsea were firmly interested in signing the 21-year-old striker but Dortmund’s reluctance to lose Haaland after selling Jadon Sancho to Manchester United saw the European champions end up with Romelu Lukaku.

Josep Pedrerol further feels, as conveyed by Infinite Madrid, that Haaland would eventually end up in the Premier League next season, which will certainly boost the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea.

Manchester City were desperate to sign a center-forward after Sergio Aguero had left on a free transfer and joined Barcelona in the summer. The Sky Blues wanted Harry Kane all throughout the summer but failed to agree on a fee with Tottenham Hotspur, with chairman Daniel Levy staying firm over his decision of not selling the club’s prized asset.

The Premier League champions have been linked with a move for Haaland for several months and Josep Pedrerol’s latest revelation regarding Real Madrid ruling out of a move for the Dortmund star would hand Pep Guardiola and co. a major advantage. Man City could steal a march on their rivals and bag the Norwegian’s signature next summer.

It’s an open secret that Haaland has an informal €75m release clause that gets activated this coming summer. The 21-year-old is one of the most in-demand players in Europe for a reason and his modest release clause should prompt Guardiola’s Manchester City to immediately capitalize—even if that means arranging a deal in January.