Haaland chooses Manchester City

Erling Haaland shoots in a game with Dortmund. / Reuters

His own family spokesman has announced that the striker has said no to the latest offers from Real Madrid and Bayern and will go with Guardiola in search of the Champions League

Ignatius Tyko

Erling Haaland has plucked the spring daisy and will be the battering ram that Pep Guardiola wants to attempt the definitive assault on the Champions League in his sixth season at the helm of Manchester City. This has been confirmed by the family's own spokesman, Jan Aage Fjortoft, after the negotiations between the Norwegian player and the English club have come to fruition and the soccer player's own environment has informed Real Madrid last week and to Bayern Munich of his decision. Even the still Borussia Dortmund striker has passed the medical examination with the 'sky blues' in a clinic in Brussels.

City, recently eliminated by Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the continental competition, perhaps due to the lack of a 'killer', thus wins the battle to hire the striker from other major European clubs. In addition to the white club and the Bavarian team, Barcelona and PSG were also keen to strengthen their attack with a 21-year-old striker who has scored 61 goals in 66 Bundesliga games since signing for Dortmund in early 2020. No It's official, but City will pay the 75 million stipulated in a release clause and will pay Haaland around one million euros net per month.

The events precipitated this Monday as a result of various information in German media that advanced the end of the soap opera. 'Sky Germany', the television channel that owns the audiovisual rights to the German championship, anticipated that the player had already transferred his desire to leave to the Ruhr account club and that Manchester City had also contacted Dortmund to pay the stipulated amount and close the transfer. Bild newspaper and Kicker magazine, citing unnamed sources, also stressed that the deal would become official in the coming days, most likely once the Premier League title between City and Liverpool is decided.

As a possible replacement for Haaland, Dortmund are interested in Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi. The sporting director of Dortmund, Sebastian Kehl, has not said anything officially, but he already anticipated on Sunday that the yellow club wanted to have clarity on the Haaland matter this week.

After many months of rumors and negotiations, winks and tug-of-war, Haaland has opted for the multimillion-dollar offer presented by City, a club in which the father of the Nordic attacker came to play and who needs a '9' because with the battering rams liars that Guardiola uses has not yet reached him to win the Champions League. The Norwegian, however, does not respond to the forward profile that the Sampedor coach likes. Xavi Hernández, Barça coach, met with Haaland and his entourage weeks ago, but, harassed by their economic crisis and the salary limit, the Catalans soon assumed that they could not meet the player's financial claims.

The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez, also dreamed of being able to sign Haaland and Kylian Mbappé the same summer, but he has not been able to compete with City's petrodollars either. According to some reports, the late Mino Raiola, Haaland's agent, asked to establish a release clause of 150 million in his second year, facilitating a possible exit, to which Florentino flatly refused.

Haaland, traveling through Madrid

Haaland's no to Real Madrid is in theory one more step for the hiring of Mbappé, precisely this Monday on a trip to Madrid. As reported by Cope, the striker ate at a restaurant in the Spanish capital with his partner Achraf Hakimi, the brother of the Moroccan defender trained in the Real Madrid youth academy, and two other people. It so happens that Mbappé and Achraf enjoy the three days off that coach Mauricio Pochettino granted to the PSG squad.

Likewise, Mbappé's visit to Madrid coincides with PSG president Nasser Al Khelaïfi's trip to the Spanish capital. The top leader of the Parisian club also had on his agenda a trip to the city to attend an ECA event at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, the European association of clubs chaired by the Qatari businessman, which is being held at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The French media anticipated days ago that the player's entourage was planning to travel to Madrid this week to negotiate with the Spanish champion. Last Thursday, the soccer player's mother, Fayza Lamari, had to deny the information that assured that an agreement had been reached between PSG and the player for the renewal of his contract. At Real Madrid they insist that they are very calm.

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