Manchester City have told Erling Haaland that they would not come in his way if he wishes to move to Spain after four or five years, but have advised him to join them at the moment.
It’s no secret that Haaland loves Spain, the Spanish culture and even owns a property there, but if the reports coming from The Times are to be believed, the Cityzens have taken a significant leap in acquiring the young forward.
The aforementioned source says they are even close to striking a deal with Haaland, which will make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League.
City have been in pole position since February when the club’s official met with Haaland’s representatives in Monaco.
Back then, the team agreed to meet his release clause and are also willing to pay the agent’s fee, taking the operation somewhere around €120 million.
The news comes as a huge blow for Madrid since they are looking to acquire a top-class striker who can accompany Karim Benzema next season. But even if they miss out on Haaland, PSG’s Kylian Mbappe remains another player in the pipeline.
The 2018 World Cup winner reportedly has an agreement with Real, as he sees his current PSG deal running out at the end of the season.
PSG, however, are not the one to bow out that easily. They are doing everything in their power to convince the 23-year-old by literally waving a blank cheque at him.
But if Mbapee does decide to move to Real, City will strengthen their position in Haaland’s pursuit. In an otherwise scenario, City are still hopeful that they will, indeed, land the Norweigian by assuring him that they would not stand in his way if he decides to move to Spain some four or five years on.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
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.