BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Both Manchester giants need to cough up £91 million for Erling Haaland

Both Manchester clubs will need to fork out £91 million to land Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.

His transfer value increased highly this year due to scoring 33 goals in his first 32 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions.

Haaland has also won the 2020 Golden Boy award after a stunning first year with Borussia Dortmund.

The teen sensation has a £64 million release clause in his contract that comes into effect in 18-months time. But Borussia Dortmund’s management is keen to remove that clause with a new contract for the Norwegian international.

But Mundo Deportivo reports state that it does not include fees paid to his family, agents, and other commissions. Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola is projected to pocket a huge chunk of the £18 million set to be paid to those brokering the deal.

Haaland’s dad and former Manchester City player, Alf-Inge will pocket the remaining £9 million.

MANCHESTER UNITED’ INTEREST IN HAALAND:

Manchester United attempted to sign Haaland in the January transfer window but the 20-year-old striker snubbed a move over concerns about his long-term success at the club.

In the meantime, United moved to sign Odion Ighalo and then Edinson Cavani as short-term fixes.

Signed on an initial one-year deal, Cavani looks like a wise temporary boost to the club’s attacking line, with United able to trigger a second-year if they so wish next summer.

It won’t be until 2022 that Red Devils can bag Haaland, for he is currently worth a huge £140 million.

Ole Gunner Solkjaer might very well hold the key in convincing such an exciting young talent to take a risk on an Old Trafford move as Haaland has previously worked with the United Manager at Molde and holds him in high regards.

CITY’ INTEREST IN HAALAND:

With Manchester City missing out on Lionel Messi, the end to the transfer window proved relatively quiet on the attacking front.

City will be looking to replace their legendary striker Sergio Aguero, who is struggling for fitness this season.

Manchester City have not hidden their desire to sign a world-class striker to replace departing Sergio Aguero, which is expected to be upon his contract expiry next summer.

In terms of goals scored this season, the Dortmund star has already hit ten goals across the Bundesliga and Champions League in comparison to City’ Gabriel Jesus, three. With City struggling for goals, Haaland looks like the ideal option but will cost Citizens bidding war with their rivals.

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