Move over M’Bappe – it appears that Erling Haaland has taken over the title as the world’s most sought-after football player. While it looks like M’Bappe might leave Paris in the direction of Madrid during the summer, the future of Dortmund star Haaland is perhaps less clear. So which clubs are in the running to secure his signature?
Manchester City are not short of a few (hundred million) pounds and they have been looking to strengthen their options in the centre forward position since the departure of club legend Sergio Aguero at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Recent reports have even gone as far as suggesting that a deal has already been agreed between the Citizens and the 21-year-old Norwegian international. That rumoured agreement would allegedly make Haaland the highest paid player in the Premier League – not bad considering this is the league in which the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah earn their livings.
All betting sites in the UK have City down as Haaland’s most likely destination, but nothing’s set in stone yet and there’s plenty of time for other clubs to swoop in with an even better offer.
A move to Real Madrid for Haaland would likely depend on the Galacticos’ interest in the aforementioned Frenchman Kylian M’Bappe. Surely even Real Madrid wouldn’t be able to find enough cash down the back of the Santiago Bernabéu sofa to sign both players in the same summer?
Real have a long history of blowing the market away with big-money signings and, for many players, donning the all-white kit of European football’s most successful ever club would represent the pinnacle of their career.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men look certain to claim their third La Liga title in the last four years and few would bet against them adding to their impressive tally of Champions League trophies in the next few years. That sort of opportunity for silverware might well be a deciding factor for Haaland.
This is the move that would disappoint Borussia Dortmund fans the most. Far too often in recent years have Dortmund put together a squad of top quality players more than capable of challenging rivals Bayern for the Bundesliga title, only for the Bavarian giants to simply sign their stars and snuff out the competition for another few years.
It happened in 2014 with Robert Lewandowski, who has gone on to break all sorts of scoring records for Bayern while also picking up eight straight Bundesliga titles along the way.
Though he is ageing like a fine wine, Lewandowski is now 33 and Bayern will no doubt be in the hunt for his long term successor: Haaland ticks all their boxes.
The Magpies are a fresh new entry into the group of global mega-clubs and so their chances of signing the world’s most sought-after footballer might be unlikely at least for the next few seasons.
Their new Saudi owners have essentially unlimited funds to throw at new players this summer and, as good as Callum Wilson is, there are few that would argue that signing Erling Haaland would not be a dramatic upgrade to Newcastle’s front line.
The calibre of other clubs chasing after the forward’s signature – plus the fact that Eddie Howe’s men won’t be competing in any European competitions next season – means Tyneside might well be a more likely destination for Haaland in a few years’ time rather than this summer.