Erling Haaland could be at the centre of one of the biggest transfer tussles in history this summer, with several of Europe’s top clubs vying for his signature.
His father, Alf-Inge, and agent, Mino Raiola, were pictured in Spain last week for talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid over the 20-year-old forward’s future.
The Borussia Dortmund striker has a release clause of around £60m that comes into effect in 2022, which means the Bundesliga side will have to sell this summer if they are to maximise their earnings from a sale of the Norway international.
A move to the Premier League is also possible, with Manchester United identifying the forward as their priority target in the hunt for a new striker, while Manchester City have long been touted as the favourites to land him.
Some United fans on Twitter feel the fact that Haaland was donning a baby blue rucksack when checking into The Lowry Hotel doesn’t bode well for their chances of signing the forward.
Pep Guardiola said last week that City wouldn’t be signing a replacement for Sergio Aguero amid the astronomical fees being quotes for Haaland, but the managers stance appeared to have softened in his Champions League press conference on Monday as he said the club could sanction a mega-money deal for a player who could impact the team for 10 years.
“Spending a lot of money on one player doesn’t give you an advantage to win,” Guardiola said. “Football is a team game, everyone makes a contribution.
“Competitions are not won by one player, it is every player. So far the club has decided not to spend close to £100million for a player.
“Maybe in the future, it will happen when the club decides it is necessary to improve the team for the next five to ten years but so far the organisation decides not to do it and that’s why we didn’t do it but maybe in the future.”