Erling Haaland will meet Borussia Dortmund to decide his future in the next fortnight, with Manchester City retaining pole position if the striker decides to advance to the Premier League this summer.
A £ 64million release clause in Haaland’s Dortmund contract becomes active this summer, with a slew of top European clubs monitoring the Norwegian’s situation.
Last week Dortmund manager Sebastian Kehl said the club would sit down with Haaland “in the next few weeks”, adding: “It would be nice if a decision didn’t go on forever”.
Meanwhile, Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola admitted last month that there was a “great chance” his client would leave at the end of the season, citing City as one of the possible destinations.
Raiola said SPORT1: “He can and will take the next step. Bayern, Real, Barcelona, City – these are the big clubs he can go to. City have won the league five times in the last few years, far more than United. “
Guardiola declined to discuss the possibility of City signing Haaland in December, saying: “Next question – don’t ask me about it. I won’t answer.”
City missed the capture of Harry Kane as a replacement for outgoing all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero last summer, leaving them strapped for options in the attacking department.
“Difficult for Haaland to say no to Guardiola”
Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
I would be very surprised if he stayed at Dortmund this summer because of this release clause and because of the type of clubs looking for him. I think it’s going to be almost impossible for him to say no to some of these clubs that are going to make him offers.
If you’re talking about seeing Haaland in the Premier League, Manchester City are in pole position. We know they’ve been looking for a full-fledged striker for a long time, even if they don’t really need one, and Pep Guardiola says “we thrive without a full-fledged striker”.
I think at some point they have to sign a striker, and if you’re going to sign a striker and you’re as powerful and successful as City, why not get the best young striker in the world at a very reasonable price.
Pep Guardiola is a very demanding manager, you have to play Pep Guardiola way and do what he wants you to do. We’ve seen players take a long time to adjust to this. Normally, players take at least a season to adjust to the way he plays.
As for Haaland, it wouldn’t be the easy option to go to Manchester City. Although he would be almost guaranteed to succeed if he had to go.
He could move to other clubs where he could score a lot more goals and maybe not have to work so hard, and the environment wouldn’t be as demanding as in Manchester City, then he could move to a Manchester City, Manchester United or Liverpool – or another Premier League club – three or four years later.
I think it’s going to be difficult for him to say no to Pep Guardiola.
Spain then the Premier League for Haaland?
Dortmund CEO confirmed interest from Real Madrid last month, saying PICTURE: “All I know is a guarantee that Real Madrid are very interested in him. I could name 25 more now.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona president Joan Laporta was asked directly about Haaland’s signing last week, saying his club “are back” and anything is possible following the arrival of Ferran Torres from City. .
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
Would it be in the agent’s best interests for Haaland to join a Premier League club this summer? Or maybe go somewhere else first, then to the Premier League?
The big move will still be the Premier League, for now, and we know we’re talking about big names Real Madrid and Barcelona, but financially the biggest move is the Premier League.
If he wants to move to the Premier League now, is it for him? Can he realistically switch to another league for the money it would require?
It may be in the best interests of Haaland and his agent to move to Spain, or to another club in Germany, and then take the big step to England.
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