Erling Haaland will reportedly have a release clause worth £128million after two seasons of his new five-year Manchester City contract.
City have continued to spend on top new signings in recent seasons to keep Pep Guardiola’s side competing for silverware. Last summer, the Citizens paid £100million for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
Guardiola also wanted Tottenham striker Harry Kane last summer but a deal never materialised. The manager subsequently admitted in February that he initially feared for his squad’s capability without a striker.
As a result, City made a top new centre-forward a key priority for this summer. And they have snapped up the hottest prospect around in Borussia Dortmund marksman Haaland.
City paid his £51million release clause, which became active in his Dortmund deal from the upcoming market onwards.
In a telling similarity, Bild has now claimed that City have agreed to put a similar structure in place for their deal with Haaland.
Indeed, the striker will be available for £128million after two years of his five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.
The clause could prove irrelevant if City hand the Norway international a new deal before the end of the 2023/24 season.
However, should Haaland’s future remain unresolved, it could create fresh transfer speculation about the striker.
At the age of only 21, the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain may well fancy their chances of a deal for him in the future.
For now, though, Haaland’s move to City could well be a game-changer for the club – and for the Premier League.
Haaland move could be game-changing
City do not suffer a lack of goals without a recognised striker in their team.
Winger Riyad Mahrez is the current top scorer with 24 goals in all competitions. Meanwhile, Kevin de Bruyne’s four-goal haul at Wolves on Wednesday took his tally to 19 for the season.
What’s more, four further players have hit double figures for the campaign.
However, Haaland’s arrival could make the difference in games when City have struggled to find the net.
The 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in March is one such result which comes to mind.
City had 19 shots but only four on target and another nine off target. Haaland is the sort of player to nick goals from half-chances and City will hope he can prove the final piece in their jigsaw.