Manchester City have reportedly agreed terms with Erling Haaland’s representatives. The news will come as a major blow to Chelsea who’ve long been linked with a move for the Norwegian frontman.
Haaland has been prolific during his time at Borussia Dortmund and has emerged as a global star. Now, it looks as though he’s set to ply his trade in England for the first time.
As per Sportsmail, City are now expected to trigger the 21-year-old striker’s £63million release clause, and if all goes according to plan, what is likely to be a five-year deal should be sealed in the next week or so. The forward would also become the Premier League’s highest-paid player as a financial package of more than £500,000 per week is reportedly on the table.
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Chelsea’s pursuit of the marksman appears to have cooled in recent months. With Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner already on the books and uncertainty mounting over the Blues’ new owners, it would be a surprise if Haaland ultimately arrived in west London.
Under Roman Abramovich’s current sanctions, the club are unable to negotiate transfers or contracts, which has undeniably put them at a disadvantage. Now it seems as though they’re going to miss out on signing the young superstar, as he edges towards his next venture.
Haaland’s Father, Alf-Inge Haaland, spent three years in Manchester between 2000-2003. Whilst it can’t be said for certain that that played some part on what looks to be his final decision, it may have had a small impact on his thinking. C
City missed out on Harry Kane last summer, but adding Haaland to their arsenal is only going to make them that much more of a threat in the future.