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Haaland chooses Manchester City

In the absence of official confirmation, which will surely take place when the Bundesliga and the Premier League conclude, Erling Haaland has plucked the spring daisy and will be the battering ram that Pep Guardiola wants to attempt the definitive assault on the Champions League in his sixth season at the helm of the Manchester City.

City, recently eliminated by Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the continental competition, perhaps due to the lack of a ‘killer’, thus wins the battle to hire the Norwegian striker from other major European clubs. Los Blancos themselves, Barcelona and PSG were keen to strengthen their attack with a 21-year-old striker who has scored 61 goals in 66 Bundesliga games since signing for Borussia Dortmund in early 2020.

‘Sky Germany’, the television channel that owns the audiovisual rights to the German championship, reported on Monday that the player had already transferred his desire to leave to the Ruhr account club and that Manchester City had also contacted Dortmund to pay the termination clause and close the transfer.

Other prominent German media, including Bild newspaper and Kicker magazine, citing unnamed sources, also stressed that the deal would become official in the coming days, most likely once City’s Premier League title is decided. and Liverpool, second to four points.

As a possible replacement for Haaland, Dortmund are interested in Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi. The sporting director of Dortmund, Sebastian Kehl, has not said anything officially, but he already anticipated on Sunday that the yellow club wanted to have clarity on the Haaland matter this week.

After many months of rumours, negotiations, winks and tugs of war, the Haaland soap opera is coming to an end because the footballer has said yes to the multi-million dollar offer presented by City, a club in which the father of the Nordic attacker came to play and who he needs a ‘9’ because with the lying battering rams that Guardiola uses, he has not yet reached the point of winning the Champions League. Haaland, however, does not respond to the forward profile that the Sampedor coach likes.

Xavi Hernández, Barça coach, met with Haaland and his entourage weeks ago, but, harassed by their economic crisis and the salary limit, the Catalans soon assumed that they could not meet the player’s financial claims. The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez, also dreamed of being able to sign Haaland and Kylian Mbappé the same summer, but he has not been able to compete with the petrodollars of the ‘sky blues’ either.

Mbappé, traveling through Madrid According to some reports, the late Mino Raiola, Haaland’s agent, asked to establish a release clause of 150 million in his second year, facilitating a possible exit, to which Florentino flatly refused. The conversations between Real Madrid and Haaland began more than a year ago due to the possibility of his signing due to the exit clause that appears in the contract with Borussia and which amounts to 75 million euros, an outrage, but little if take into account the dizzying figures that football moves at this level. The problem was the player’s file, the signing bonus, and that release clause.

Haaland’s no to Real Madrid is in theory one more step for the hiring of Mbappé, precisely this Monday on a trip to Madrid. As reported by Cope, the striker ate in a restaurant in the Spanish capital with his partner Achraf Hakimi, the brother of the Moroccan defender trained in the Real Madrid youth academy, and two other people. It so happens that Mbappé and Achraf enjoy the three days off that coach Mauricio Pochettino granted to the PSG squad.

Likewise, Mbappé’s visit to Madrid coincides with PSG president Nasser Al Khelaïfi’s trip to the Spanish capital. The top leader of the Parisian club also had on his agenda a trip to the city to attend an ECA event at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, the European association of clubs chaired by the Qatari businessman, which is being held at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The French media anticipated days ago that the player’s entourage was planning to travel to Madrid this week to negotiate with the Spanish champion. Last Thursday, the footballer’s mother, Fayza Lamari, had to deny the information that assured that an agreement had been reached between PSG and the player for the renewal of his contract. At Real Madrid they insist that they are very calm.

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