Manchester City are plotting a shock move on the contract of Erling Haaland as Real Madrid close in with interest in the Norwegian goal poacher.
Erling Haaland has tumbled numerous Premier League clubs in his first season at Etihad as a Premier League player.
With just 27 games into the season, Erling Haaland has netted 42 goals for Manchester City in all competitive games and is just three goals away from hitting the 45-goal mark – the highest number of goals ever scored by a Premier League player in a single season.
Chances are Erling Haaland will set a new record in the Premier League goal tally and is set to smash the Premier League golden boot this season in style.
He is currently on 28 Premier League goals, leading the chart with a good gap, 7 goals better than Tottenham’s Harry Kane who is on 21 goals.
Brentford’s Ivan Toney is third on the log with 16 goals before Marcus Rashford of Manchester United with 14 goals.
Also, Erling Haaland shot himself into the chart of 2023 Champions League top-scorers with 10 goals after he scored five pass Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in the round 16 return leg.
He is tied with Kylian Mbappe and Mohamed Salah and chances are the Norwegian goal-machine is set to also nick the Champions League golden boot this season with Mbappe’s PSG and Mo Salah’s Liverpool out of the Champions League.
After a brilliant spell with Manchester City, keeping the club in strong contention for the Premier League title, FA Cup trophy, and Champions League silverware, Haaland has been a top shot and the envy of top European clubs.
Particularly, Laliga and European champions, Real Madrid have been on the trail of the 22-year-old. They have not shied away in their interest and pursuit of the prolific forward.
According to reports, Los Blancos are ready to trigger Erling Haaland’s mind-blowing release clause in 2024.
Erling Haaland’s Manchester City contract
Erling Haaland’s release clause at Manchester City is £175m. He has a five-year contract with Manchester City running till 2027 but the release clause decreases as his contract ticks downward.
Futballnews understands Manchester City are ready to keep Haaland after an unprecedented debut spell with the Premier League giants.
There is a one-year extension clause in his contract and the Citizens are ready to trigger it before his current contract expires.
Despite all the available tools at Manchester City’s disposal to ensure Erling Haaland is tied to Etihad, Real Madrid’s interest is seen as a potent threat.
According to the Sun, the Manchester City hierarchy are currently making moves to further tighten Haaland to Etihad and deter any interest from Real Madrid.
The report says the club are ready to splash a crazy bait offer for the Norwegian to make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League.
How much is Erling Haaland earning at Manchester City?
Erling Haaland is among the top earners in the Premier League. His weekly wage earnings is at par with other premium paychecks for top Premier League players such as Manchester United’s David De Gea and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, who are earning well above £300,000 weekly.
Erling Haaland’s weekly earning at Manchester City is £375,000. Now, Manchester City are planning to increase it to £500,000 weekly to deter interest from Real Madrid while tieing him down to Etihad.
The new paycheck will make Haaland the highest-paid Premier League player when implemented but it is still unclear whether that will truncate Real Madrid’s interest base on their ability to offer competitive pay should they trigger the release clause in 2024.
Meanwhile, Erling Haaland is focused on his Manchester City career and has always reiterated his desire to work with the club due to their pattern of football which suits his attacking instinct.