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How Man City convinced Erling Haaland to reject Real Madrid and agree to a £64m transfer

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City are expected to announce the Haaland deal before the end of the season after making significant progress over the past week

Haaland agreed the terms of the deal in the spring but the move is now nearing completion and City are poised to trigger their release clause this week to usher in a big summer in the transfer market.

Manchester City are close to completing Erling Haaland’s £64million move to Etihad after the deal made significant progress over the past seven days.

Borussia Dortmund director Sebastien Kehl told sports1 There would be “clarity” over the weekend this week and conceded he had a good chance of continuing.

City have beaten Real Madrid to the point of signing and have agreed to pay his £500,000-a-week wages and a substantial fee to his agents, although Haaland initially felt he wanted to move to Spain.

However, they were able to convince him of a move to Manchester that eventually sees Pep Guardiola join the world-class striker, who he missed last summer when Harry Kane stayed at Tottenham.

I announced in March that Haaland was ready for a move to Manchester City after his team commissioned data research to see which team best suited his style.

The main motivation for his next step has always been football reasons and which club would suit his desire to become the best player in the world.

Haaland wants to win the Ballon D’Or and compete in the latter stages of the Champions League and the prospect of working under Guardiola is said to excite him.

It’s one of the biggest transfer deals in recent history and industry insiders expect the Premier League’s big clubs to set records as they return to pre-pandemic spending levels.

With a new overseas TV deal guaranteeing all 20 teams in the league a £10.4billion share in the summer, clubs are expected to return to football after a few lean post-pandemic and behind-closed-doors years.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle are all looking to make significant improvements to their squads, while Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs all have money to spend and are expected to be active in the market.

Either Mikel Arteta or Antonio Conte’s hand will be significantly strengthened depending on whether they can secure Champions League football.

But Haaland’s move to Manchester City will redefine the standards of Guardiola’s side, who are expected to clinch a second consecutive title after extending their lead to three points at the weekend.

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