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Manchester City: Journalist claims Erling Haaland deal is now close

Manchester City have reportedly struck a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, according to reports in Spain…

What’s the word?

Speaking on the Four Amigos Podcast (via Bernabeu Digital), journalist Mario Cortegana has claimed that the race to sign the prolific Norwegian is now effectively at an end, with the message coming out of the Premier League outfit that the deal is “done”.

He said: “Everything is being prepared to close now. Haaland is done, is the message that is given from Manchester City.”

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While he goes go on to add that while Real Madrid could still attempt to swoop in to prize the 21-year-old from Germany, having previously been given a ‘yes’ from the player, the current form of Los Blancos star Karim Benzema and the commission demands of the player’s agent Mino Raiola – who has since passed away – appear to be notable obstacles in any move for the La Liga side.

The £135m-rated starlet still has two years remaining on his existing deal with the Bundesliga outfit, although a release clause of a reported 75m euros (£62.8m) included in that deal will allow him to depart this summer.

Recent reports have also suggested that manager Pep Guardiola has ‘agreed’ a new contract extension, with that commitment set to help in convincing Haaland to join the club.

Guardiola will be buzzing

Although it may be slightly too early to be popping the champagne just yet, the Etihad faithful and Guardiola can be beginning to get excited about the prospect of the 17-cap international lining up in the light blue jersey next season.

The former Red Bull Salzburg man provided his potential future side with a taster of what he can offer at the weekend, having bagged a hat-trick in a thrilling 4-3 defeat to VFL Bochum in the German top-flight.

That treble ensures that the striker has now scored 28 goals in just 28 games in all competitions so far this season under Marco Rose, despite having missed a chunk with muscle injuries and a hip flexor issue.

The reported Manchester United target has also now plundered a staggering tally of 85 goals in just 87 games across all fronts in total for his current side since joining in January 2020, with his arrival set to provide an almost guaranteed supply of goals.

While City have continued to thrive in the absence of an out-and-out centre-forward in recent seasons, there has been some suggestion that they are still lacking that cutting edge in front of goal, with pundit Paddy Kenny suggesting that Guardiola and co “could do with a big number nine like Haaland.”

The £132k-per-week sensation – who has been dubbed a “cyborg” by journalist Alex Truica for his lethal finishing – is not simply just a goalscorer, however, having also chipped in with 23 assists during his time with Dortmund.

Signing such an all-around talent will only help the Cityzens in their relentless pursuit for even more silverware.

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