Thursday, May 26

Man City’s version: Club have paid just 60 million euros for Haaland

It’s the big story in the football world this week. Manchester City have lined up a deal to bring in Erling Haaland this summer and the English club claim they will only pay 60 million euros as a transfer fee.

There had been suggestions for a long time that the Norwegian striker’s release clause was set at 75 million euros, but MARCA got in touch with the Citizens who have confirmed that they have activated the 21-year-old’s 60-million-euro release clause.

That clause is, according to City, a flat fee with no add-ons or variables. Even at 75 million euros, Haaland would have been a relative bargain given his age and stature, already one of if not the best striker in the world, but 60 is an absolute steal.

There are, of course, other costs involved in signing a football player, especially an elite one, but City insist they haven’t broken their wage structure to deal in Haaland, although naturally he will be one of the top-paid players at the club.

Haaland has been one of Europe’s most in-demand players for some time now and a host of top clubs were desperate to sign him this summer.

Man City have stolen a march on the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and others who dreamed of landing Haaland. Other clubs were prepared to pay him similar amounts of money, so why City?

The answer could be as simple as the fact that his father used to play for the Citizens. That may have tipped the scale when comparing the club with other top-level sides who can also offer Champions League football.

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At Manchester City, Haaland will also get to team up with Pep Guardiola, as well as a star-studded squad which is expected to challenge for every trophy going.

The Champions League has remained elusive for City and Haaland‘s top mission will be to help them finally get their hands on that most coveted of prizes.

With the money at their disposal, their failure to do so is becoming more and more of a talking point as they have reached the final just once despite their enviable resources.

Guardiola has made no secret of wanting a true no.9 to complete his squad and Haaland fits the bill perfectly.

Last summer Haaland wasn’t on the market, certainly not at this price, and it looks like City did the right thing in waiting for their man.

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