Manchester City have reached out to Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland’s camp and presented their latest offer to sign the striker, reports Sport.
Erling Haaland, 21, is one of the most sought-after players in world football, having netted 80 goals in just 79 matches for Borussia Dortmund since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020. Owing to his rich goalscoring exploits at Signal Iduna Park, he has been unsurprisingly linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Borussia Dortmund are well aware of interest from top clubs around Europe but don’t want to lose their prized asset in the summer. Sport claims the Bundesliga outfit are also willing to propose a “great renewal offer” but want Haaland’s €75 million release—which becomes active at the end of the season—to disappear. They know the Norwegian wants to leave the club and have very slim chances of keeping hold of him beyond this season.
Indeed, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all set their sights on Haaland, whose future should be decided in the next four weeks or at the most in one-and-a-half months’ time as per the CEO of Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Regardless of the German club’s desire to keep him for one more season, Haaland is very clear in his mind that it is the right time to make the jump to a bigger club, the report adds. The player and his entourage plan to let Dortmund know their final decision latest by March before finalising their new destination.
Both Manchester City and Real Madrid have ‘already met’ with Haaland’s team to present their ‘latest offers’, while Barcelona hope to follow their suit in March, the report further states.
The Cityzens signed talented youngster Julian Alvarez from River Plate in the previous January transfer window. Yet, Pep Guardiola seems fixated on Haaland as he continues his for a possible heir to the recently retired Sergio Aguero.
Manchester City do possess the financial muscle to afford the Norwegian international, but with Real Madrid and Barcelona among the host of European clubs also keen on the player, it will be tough to win the race for Haaland’s signature.