Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is expected to leave the club this summer, with Europe's elite on standby for an intense battle to secure his signature.
The Norwegian has been exceptional for Dortmund since signing from RB Salzburg, scoring 81 goals in 80 appearances, and has quickly become one of the most sought after stars in the world. He's expected to be available on the cheap too, as his £68million release clause comes into play next summer.
It is thought that every side will be in for Haaland, as no one will want to miss out on the opportunity to sign a generational talent. However, chiefs at Dortmund think it may be too late for some clubs, as they believe that the striker has already agreed a summer move.
That's according to BILD, who have reported that bosses at Dortmund already think that Haaland has agreed a summer move to Manchester City, following in the footsteps of his father. City went all out last summer to sign a new striker, but missed out on Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
They still lead the Premier League without playing a recognised striker, but with Haaland in their ranks, they would surely be unstoppable for many years to come. Since Sergio Aguero left City they have been without a natural no.9, although it hasn't stopped them from dominating domestically.
But Haaland could complete Pep Guardiola's project, and the two-horse race between them could be a thing of the past should he keep up his scoring run. The 21-year-old is a goal machine, and that clinical edge is the one thing that City are lacking in central areas.
It was rumoured that Haaland would snub a move to England in favour of joining Real Madrid, but it appears that Los Blancos are acting cautious because of the his injury concerns. Haaland has missed a large chunk of this season through injury, missing crucial games for Dortmund including their Europa League exit against Rangers.
And according to Spanish journalist Josep Pederol, Madrid have reportedly asked for reports from Dortmund's medical team regarding Haaland's injuries. But Madrid may be too late anyway, as Haaland has reportedly already agreed to join City.
Barcelona were also thought to have approached Haaland over a move to Spain, but the Catalan side reportedly failed to entice the player or his representatives. Therefore a move to England beckons for Haaland, and he looks set to return to the country of his birth.
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Haaland was born in Leeds when his father, Alf-Inge, played for the Yorkshire side. The 21-year-old clearly still loves the club, as he is seen regularly wearing their merchandise, but it's unlikely that Haaland will be signing for Leeds anytime soon.
But he may be playing at Elland Road once a season, that is if he signs for City and Leeds avoid relegation as they are dangerously close to the bottom three.
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