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Haaland’s father influenced him to choose Manchester City over Real Madrid

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Erling Haaland’s reported decision to join Manchester City has shaken up the world. For months at a stretch, the Norweigan international has been at the centre of attention and on the headlines of papers over his next club. Now, that seems decided.

According to reports from Telegraph, Alf Inge, the player’s father, played a major role in his son’s decision to join Pep Guardiola’s side.

Real Madrid placed an economically comparable offer on the table for the striker. However, Manchester City’s project and star-studded squad seems to have done the trick for the Premier League champions.

No official announcement has been made and the deal is far from being completed. Until the release clause has been triggered and the contractual details agreed, it would be naive to exclude Los Blancos from the race.

Reports say that City’s offer will make Haaland the highest-paid player in the Premier League. It is understood that his contract will include wages in excess of £500,000 a week and will see the player at Etihad for five years.

If Real Madrid fail to get the Norwegian, it could well be a blessing in disguise. The arrival of Kylian Mbappe should strengthen Madrid’s forward line sufficiently, and the surplus funds can now be used to reinforce the ageing midfield.

Meanwhile, Haaland will fill the only void Manchester City have in their squad. With a proven goalscorer amongst their ranks, Guardiola’s side will be a force to reckon with for years to come.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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