Manchester City striker Erling Haaland would struggle to turn down Real Madrid should the European champions come calling, according to a report.
Haaland joined City from Borussia Dortmund last summer and has done quite well since then.
In 20 Premier League matches, he has a ridiculous 25 goals but has only scored in two of his last seven appearances. Fraud alert!
Despite his excellent start to life in England, the Citizens are lagging behind Arsenal in the Premier League title race.
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A recent report from Nacional stated that Haaland had grown ‘very distant’ from City manager Pep Guardiola and was eyeing a ‘divorce’ with the club.
The same outlet is back with another interesting report about the Norweigan striker’s future at the Etihad Stadium.
Real Madrid are expected to make ‘many changes’ and ‘star signings’ in the summer transfer window, and Haaland is someone Florentino Perez ‘wants to sign’, the report says.
It is stated that Haaland chose City over Los Blancos as he knew he would be guaranteed game time and did not want to compete for a starting spot with Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema.
The 22-year-old didn’t see the European champions as the ‘best choice’, especially as they were prioritising the signing of Kylian Mbappe over him.
Madrid refuse to lose hope, however, as it is ‘not clear’ that Haaland will remain a City player as he, as well as all of his teammates, are aware of the potential sanctions after being accused of financial irregularities.
The ‘possible sanctions’ could ‘jeopardise’ Haaland’s future at the club.
Should an exit look like it could come to fruition, Madrid will ‘appear’ and try to sign the player ‘at all costs’.
Haaland ‘would not say no’ to the La Liga giants, though he would ask club president Perez to ensure he does not coincide with Benzema, as he knows the Frenchman would ‘overshadow’ him.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has actually said that he feels some “sympathy” for City.
He said: “On the financial side, I do have some sympathy for Manchester City.
“If you look at what Jack Walker [former Blackburn Rovers owner] did in 1992, 1993, 1994, that was financial doping but it was deemed to be something completely different because he was a local businessman who pumped money into his club. I’m not a fan of the Financial Fair Play Regulations.
“It means you’ll always have the same clubs at the very top, because their revenues are higher and you’ll always have the lower clubs lower down, because they can’t compete with the revenue. We do need sustainability and cost controls in football, and this is one of the biggest decisions in the next 12 to 18 months.”
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