Reports from Spain suggest that Real Madrid is considering a substantial £174 million bid for Erling Haaland next summer.
Haaland, who joined City for £51 million last year, had an outstanding debut season, contributing to the team’s historic treble with 52 goals. Although there have been previous indications of a clause in Haaland’s City contract, details have remained unclear.
According to Spanish outlet AS, a €200 million option is set to become active next summer, prompting Real Madrid’s interest in the Norwegian striker.
While Madrid has long been interested in Haaland, recent reports indicate a shift in focus from Kylian Mbappe to the City star. The club hopes that Jude Bellingham could play a role in convincing Haaland to make the move.
In other transfer news, Chelsea’s surprise deadline-day acquisition of Cole Palmer reportedly followed their unsuccessful pursuit of Jeremy Doku, who ultimately joined City.
Pep Guardiola’s side secured Doku’s services for £55.5 million from Rennes in August, and the Belgian has made an impressive start at Manchester City with three goals and six assists in 13 appearances across all competitions.
Chelsea had reportedly aimed to secure Doku’s talents in blue but also made a late attempt to sign Michael Olise from Crystal Palace.
After missing out on both targets, Chelsea sanctioned the £42.5 million purchase of Palmer, who has since become a regular starter under Mauricio Pochettino, contributing three goals and four assists since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.