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Just in: Real Madrid and Barcelona’s superstar target reaches agreement with Man City

Erling Haaland is set to become Premier League’s highest-paid player at Manchester City

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According to fresh reports from the reliable Mike Keegan, Manchester City have agreed to terms with Erling Haaland’s representatives for a deal that would see the highly sought-after striker move to the Premier League.

A long-time target for many giants of the game, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, the Norwegian is set to join the Premier League giants after they trigger his release clause of around 76 million euros ahead of this summer.

The Borussia Dortmund man was a tricky target, however, as his agent Mino Raiola and father Alfie Haaland were demanding hefty fees in commissions.

If the deal does materialise, it would stand to be the signing of the year so far, and more major developments are set to follow next week.

Manchester City will reportedly offer Haaland a very lucrative contract with a bumper wage of over 600,000 euros. He would subsequently become the highest-paid player in England by far.

The only concern with regards to the 21-year-old’s potential transfer from Borussia Dortmund was his fitness level and injury status, which looks to be either resolved or is considered no issue for the Premier League giants.

Pep Guardiola has been pushing for the signing of a top-class striker for a while now, and after narrowly missing out on Harry Kane last summer, City are set to make one of the biggest moves of the year to show they mean business.

It is a bummer for Real Madrid, who were considered to be in a great position to sign him as well, and even Barcelona. But it was always going to be difficult to match Manchester City’s financial offers.

However, one positive takeaway for Real Madrid and Barcelona is that the earlier the Norweigian’s feature is sealed, the earlier the La Liga giants can focus on their remaining transfer plans. The two clubs are looking to make strong reinforcements in the summer.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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