Manchester City ahead in summer quest for Erling Haaland

12/01/2022; 2:33 PM By : Steven D. Thompson

Haaland has a £64 million release clause in his contract that comes into effect in the summer.

Once again, it’s on. The January transfer window rarely sets the world alight, with the big names hardly making moves. Clubs rarely sell their best players midway into the season, and players worth their salt rarely agree to leave, except they have issues in their club.

That being said, the groundwork for a legendary battle in the summer is in the pipeline. With Kylian Mbappe looking to conclude a move to Real Madrid, the main talk has centred around Erling Haaland with Borussia Dortmund doing all within their power to keep the Norwegian at the Signalna.

Let the battle for Haaland commence

Borussia Dortmund are not willing to let Erling Haaland leave without a fight. The German club are planning talks with the Norwegian striker before the end of January - the aim being to keep him in the Bundesliga.

With the vultures lurking and a better chance of winning laurels staring him in the face - big chance that Dortmund succeeds in their quest. Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid are some of the clubs that Haaland might end up in. The £64 million release clause is an enticing figure, one that almost any Premiership club can pay, but you need to have title-winning credentials to dance at this table.

Haaland's agent Mino Raiola has suggested there is a big chance his client leaves Dortmund in the summer.

A meeting is in the works between Haaland and Borussia Dortmund to sort out his future and stave off distractions.

Manchester City in pole position

Barcelona has retained an interest in signing Erling Haaland. The interest is, despite their financial troubles. The Catalan giants will need to do plenty of work to remain relevant in this conversation, but Joan Laporta remains unfazed by the situation.

Recent reports, however, suggest that Manchester City may have jumped into pole position to capture the signature of the Norwegian striker. Following the loss of Sergio Aguero in the summer, Manchester City made concerted efforts to land Harry Kane as a replacement. The move fell through, and City remains in the hunt for a striker of repute.

Erling Haaland will meet with Borussia Dortmund to decide his future in the next fortnight, with Manchester City retaining pole position if the striker decides to move to the Premier League this summer.

Speaking with SPORT1 as cited by Sky Sports, Raiola talked about the clubs where his client could end up. He listed Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City. He laid particular emphasis on Manchester City, suggesting their title-winning credentials. Raiola tactically removed Manchester United from the equation, as City had won the Championship more than United in the last few years.

Guardiola has refused to comment on the chances of landing the striker.

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