Man City are ready to trigger the 75m Euros release clause in the contract of Erling Haaland after they failed to land Harry Kane last summer. Dortmund is resigned to losing the Norweigen as a number of clubs are said to be interested in his services. The value is much below the market value for the striker. Haaland is represented by Mino Raiola and is expecting a salary of £500,000 per week.

“[I have] no answer to your question. I have no concern or business in my head right now to think about what is going to happen in this club next season,” Man City head coach Pep Guardiola said when asked about Erling Haaland. “We are playing with good strikers this season, so I don’t know what is going to happen in the future. It’s next season, so I’m not going to talk [about it]. I completely agree. The scouting should take a lot of looking at this type of behavior, absolutely. Football is not just a skill. That’s just one part, but the other part is much more important.”

“I don’t think Haaland and Mbappe can get anywhere near the levels of Ronaldo and Messi,” Gary Neville said. “Haaland and Mbappe are two young players who are massively talented. They can become the best in the world and achieve great things, but we shouldn’t think every new, young superstar will automatically take over from Ronaldo and Messi, who are the kind of players you’d be lucky to see once every 80 years. In my time we had Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, the Brazilian Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, world-class players who were absolutely sensational, but even as great as they were, they were not Messi and Ronaldo, who are on another planet.”

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