Real Madrid line up summer transfer for Man City's Erling Haaland as agent heads to Bernabeu and release clause emerges | The Sun
ERLING HAALAND could be the subject of a transfer tug-of-war in the summer after his agent was reportedly spotted at Real Madrid's stadium.
The Manchester City ace, who has already scored 15 goals this season, has remained in the Spanish giants' background plans since emerging as one of European football's most lethal forwards.
Speculation has been rife that Madrid could launch a bid to try and prise the 23-year-old away from Pep Guardiola's side.
And this has showed no sign of cooling after Haaland's agent Rafaela Pimenta was spotted at the Bernabeu to watch Real Madrid's win over Braga in the Champions League on Wednesday, according to AS.
That is despite Pimenta not representing any men's players from either club.
The report adds that Haaland's long-term future could be thrown into doubt thanks to a release clause which activates in the summer.
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That being said, Madrid would need a cough up £175million to match the clause.
Pimenta, the successor to the late Mino Raiola's agency empire, has previously insisted on always giving clients options for the future.
She previously told AS: "I am in favor of freedom. It's my battle.
"One of my priorities as an agent is to offer the player what I call 'the key to the door'.
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"When the player goes to a club I do everything to create the conditions so that the key to the door is in his hands."
However, the report suggests there are currently no negotiations ongoing between the parties over a move for Haaland, with such discussions being saved til the summer.
The Norwegian finished runner-up in this year's Ballon d'Or behind Lionel Messi, but did claim the Gerd Muller prize for deadliest striker as a consolation.
Madrid have reportedly had a tough time making a choice between signing Haaland or Kylian Mbappe.
A report from Italy had suggested they had picked Mbappe over Haaland to combine with new superstar Jude Bellingham.
This was followed up by reports in Spain saying they had chosen not to sign Mbappe and would instead pick the ex-Borussia Dortmund star.
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