Manchester City are reportedly set to open talks with Erling Haaland to discuss a contract renewal, something that would come as a major blow to Real Madrid’s plans.
The Spanish giants have been linked with a move for the Norwegian striker for some time now. They were unable to reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund earlier in the transfer window, and Haaland made his way to the Premier League, where his transfer fee reached the figure of €62 million.
The 23-year-old started off with good performances at the Etihad Stadium in his debut season, scoring 52 goals in all competitions, leading City to triumph in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
He still has four years left on his current contract signed last summer.
The English medium “Daily Mail” reports that City are eager to extend the Norwegian’s contract for at least another 12 months. Further talks are expected to take place over the release clause included in Haaland’s contract, one of which concerns Pep Guardiola’s future as coach.
City are hoping to reach an agreement soon, with Real monitoring the situation from afar.
Madrid would love to have Haaland in their ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu and further strengthen the attacking department which could also include the arrival of Kylian Mbappe, with the World Cup winner said to be set to move to Spain next year 2024, when his contract with PSG expires.