Transfer News: Manchester City lead Manchester United, Liverpool and others in race to sign Erling Haaland

Manchester City are in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund Erling Haaland, who is a target for Manchester United and Liverpool.

Erling Haaland’s future continues to entice top clubs across Europe, with a recent report from German outlet SportBild claiming six realistic options for the Borussia Dortmund forward. It is a list of historic clubs that include Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as Premier League arch-rivals Manchester United and Liverpool.

However, it is Manchester City that currently have the upper hand in the pursuit of Haaland. Although there are no definite guarantees that the forward will leave Dortmund in the summer, it appears the Premier League leaders are in pole position due to his father, Alfie Haaland’s strong relationship with the club.

A former Norwegian international himself, Alfie had played for Manchester City from 2000 to 2003. It should play a key role in giving the Citizens the upper hand, while the club boasts the services of a star coach in Pep Guardiola as well as the realistic chance of winning every competition they take part in.

Not to mention, Manchester City do have the economic firepower to pull off a deal, especially as they prepare for life without Sergio Aguero. The ageing Argentine’s current contract at Etihad expires in the summer, with Real Madrid among clubs reportedly interested in his services.

It doesn’t bode well for Liverpool and Manchester United, who are among the top contenders to sign the Norweigian international. Although both the clubs do possess enough financial prowess, as well as the sporting prospect, it appears Man City’s consistency does put them in the driver’s seat ahead of Liverpool’s crumbling form and Man United’s historical struggles since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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However, the Citizens should still brace themselves for stiff competition from other clubs including Real Madrid.

Indeed, the current Spanish champions are desperate to find a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema and are poised to invest in a galactic this summer – making Haaland quite an attractive option.

The Dortmund superstar, though, is likely to prolong his stay in Germany for at least another year. Various news sources in Germany have echoed similar reports, although such a scenario does not favour Manchester United, knowing clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona will be in a better position to fund a move for Haaland in 2022 – when the forward’s reported release clause of €75 million becomes active.

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