MANCHESTER CITY are ready to include a Real Madrid clause in Erling Haaland’s contract in their bid to get a deal over the line this summer.
Pep Guardiola’s side are believed to have agreed a £500,000-a-week contract with the in-demand Borussia Dortmund star.
Man City are claimed to be willing to add a Real Madrid clause into Erling Haaland’s contract to allow him to join the Spanish giants later in his careerCredit: AFP
However, the Etihad giants were pushed all the way by Real Madrid.
Los Blancos were convinced their would land their man, with Haaland even claiming to be excited at the idea of living in Spain.
The Norway star, 21, bought a house in Marbella earlier this year.
But Haaland had his mind changed by City after they seemingly promised to let him join Real Madrid later in his career.
The Times claim Man City told the striker he should join them now before trying his hand in Spain down the line.
The reigning Premier League champions are now confident they will land their man in the coming days.
It will end Guardiola’s long search for a centre-forward having missed out on Harry Kane last summer.
City instead splashed £100m on Kane’s England team-mate Jack Grealish and have played a false nine like Phil Foden or Raheem Sterling for much of this season.
Haaland is set to become the club’s top earner on £500,000 per week, eclipsing Kevin de Bruyne (£385,000 a week).
That figure will also see him become the best-paid player in the Premier League.
Not only will City pay the striker half a million pounds each week, they will also be forced to fork over around £100m up front.
Haaland’s release clause is £64m, but there are set to a number of payments to the player’s team, including agent Mino Raiola and dad Alf-Inge, worth a reported £40m.
Both City and Real Madrid are believed to be willing to pay the bumper additional payments, but Haaland is expected to move to the Premier League.
As early as last year, the striker was caught on camera calling the Etihad Stadium “beautiful” ahead of Dortmund’s Champions League quarter-final tie.