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Manchester City are set to try and persuade Erling Haaland to fill their striking void in the summer – with the Premier League champions hoping that Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe could end up working in their favour, according to reports.
Haaland is being courted by a host of Europe’s top clubs ahead of next summer, where he is expected to depart Borussia Dortmund.
The 21-year-old has an incredible record since he arrived in the Bundesliga back in 2020, notching 76 goals in just 75 games.
Dortmund are desperate to hang on to their talisman but it appears inevitable that Haaland will elect to depart Germany when a reported £64million release clause in his contract kicks in at the end of the campaign.
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And after missing out on a deal for England captain and Tottenham star Harry Kane last summer, Manchester City have now set their sights on snapping up Haaland, according to a new report from The Athletic.
City could still decide to reignite their interest in Tottenham star Kane, but the report outlines that Haaland is now City’s first-choice target.
The report goes on to state that, although competition for Haaland’s signature will be fierce, City will push hard to entice the youngster to follow in his father’s footsteps and turn out for the blue half of Manchester.
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Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, spent three years on City’s books at the turn of the Millenium.
It’s anticipated that Real Madrid will be the main obstacle to City striking a deal for Haaland, but their chances of spanning up the prolific marksman could be hampered by their pursuit of Mbappe, who is also being lined up for a move to Los Blancos at the end of the season.
If Mbappe’s arrival at the Bernabeu does cause Haaland to snub a move to La Liga, then it appears likely that City would be in a position to profit.
Despite failing to sign Kane in the summer and lack of central striking options, Pep Guardiola’s side are currently ambling towards what would be their fourth Premier League title in five years.
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City currently hold a 10-point lead over second-placed Chelsea and look well-positioned to bide their time until the summer before adding reinforcements to their squad.
Although City may not be welcoming any new faces to the club this month, they’ve already bid farewell to striker Ferran Torres, who became the most-expensive Spanish footballer in history when he joined Barcelona in a deal that could rise to £54m.
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