Manchester City are accelerating their interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to reports.
Haaland is one of the most in-demand strikers in Europe due to his exceptional form in front of goal. And at his age, he has potential to improve even further.
The Norway international has scored 38 goals in 39 games for Dortmund since joining them one year ago. The 20-year-old has long since been on the radar of a number of top clubs.
For example, Haaland was heavily linked with Manchester United in 2020. He chose Dortmund instead, but United’s interest has not faded.
A report earlier this week claimed that Haaland still occupies a high place on United’s wish list for the end of the season.
They face competition, though, from Real Madrid – who may not be able to afford him this year – and two Premier League rivals.
Haaland is a top target for Chelsea, who will have the chance to mould their squad in the image of new coach Thomas Tuchel in the summer.
But he is also wanted by Man City, who are looking for a successor to Sergio Aguero.
Aguero is out of contract at the end of the season and has struggled with injuries in recent months. It remains to be seen if he will sign an extension to his current deal. But even if he does, City might bring in younger competition.
Haaland is well on their minds, and according to The Daily Mirror, City are getting ready to make a bid in the summer.
The report claims City have set aside £100m for a bid for the Leeds-born striker.
That’s more than they would have to pay if they waited until 2022, when there will be a £68m release clause active in his contract. But the Premier League leaders want to steal a march on the competition.
City are also ready to offer Haaland a salary worth £400,000 per week.
Title win to convince Haaland?
What’s more, a separate report from The Daily Star suggests that City are confident they can convince Haaland to join if they win the league.
City are currently top of the table by three points after 21 games – and they still have a game in hand over their nearest competitors.
If they can sustain their push for the title, it will give them an extra factor to persuade Haaland.
City boss Pep Guardiola was reassured he would be backed in the transfer market before signing a new contract last year. He could see the proof of that in the summer.