Manchester City are favorites to sign Erling Haaland during the summer transfer window – according to reports. Speculation over the Borussia Dortmund sensation is at a fever pitch as elite clubs across Europe prepare to rush in for his sought-after services.
The 21-year-old has scored 80 goals in 83 games for the Bundesliga side after winning the race to sign him more than two years ago. Going forward, the Norway international has a £64million release clause in his contract which City and other suitors are desperate to activate.
Despite breaking the nine-figure barrier to sign £100million man Jack Grealish last summer, City have come at a price in their pursuit of England captain Harry Kane. As a result, the key figures in the Etihad Stadium boardroom are expected to continue their striker search.
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Sergio Aguero left for Barcelona at the start of this season, but the club’s top scorer was forced into early retirement due to health issues. City, meanwhile, have signed Argentine starlet Julian Alvarez as they target a first ready leader for the team.
Amid heightened interest from the usual suspects in Spain – Barcelona and Real Madrid – reports from Sky Germany suggest City are the favorites to sign Haaland. Although his takeover seems inviting enough, whoever wins the race for him will have to pay a hefty salary and agent fees.
Elsewhere, according to transfer expert Ekrem Konur, the Premier League champions are considering a move for Club Brugge player Charles de Ketelaere. Capped six times by Belgium, the versatile attacking midfielder has scored 14 goals and provided seven assists this season.
This impressive return to the Jupiler Pro League was totaled in 32 appearances. Having worked his way through the Academy system, the 21-year-old has played over 100 games for Brugge.
Of course, he also appeared twice against City in the Champions League group stage. De Ketelaere is worth at least £25m – according to the Transfermarkt website. His contract runs until 2024.
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