Erling Haaland has been under the limelight ever since his move to Manchester City in the summer, with the Norweigian grabbing more eyeballs with his hat-trick against Manchester United.
In light of his recent performances, many consider Haaland the next big thing in football. But according to El Chiringuito (h/t MARCA), his future might not necessarily lie at Manchester City, as the player had imposed a release clause on the Premier League giants.
As stated by former Real Madrid star Fernando Sanz on El Chiringuito, Haaland has a release clause that can be activated in the summer of 2024, with the player prioritising a move to Real Madrid.
“The information I have is that there is an exit clause for Haaland in the second year, and the curious thing is that with very beneficial conditions compared to the rest for a club… Which is Real Madrid,” Sanz said.
“Haaland puts in a clause that allows him to leave after two years but with priority for Real Madrid. Madrid puts up whatever money it takes and takes Haaland without talking to City,” El Chiringuito’s Josep Pedrerol then added.
Earlier reports had stated that the forward has two release clauses in his contract with Man City. One can be activated in 2024 while the second release clause is active from 2025.
The exact valuation of the clauses remain unknown but it is speculated to be around the €200 million mark in 2024, while interested parties will have to pay €175 million in 2025.
It is the same formula Haaland’s party used to sanction his exit from Borussia Dortmund. The player had joined the club for a fee of only around €20 million but was able to leave the club in the summer for only €70 million.
El Chiringuito claim the Norweigan will implement the same policy after spending two years at Manchester City. Real Madrid remain his desired destination, meaning Los Blancos may have the upper hand over other interested parties in 2024, in the race to sign the young forward.
However, Manchester City are already considering extending his contract, which expires in 2027, so that they can remove the release clause and prolong his stay at the Etihad Stadium.
In the meantime now, Haaland is likely to focus on his development at Manchester City. With 17 goals in 11 matches, the former Dortmund starlet has started his career in England on a positive note and will hope to continue his rapid growth in the coming years.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.