Erling Haaland, the striker for Borussia Dortmund, will have decided on his future club by the end of April.
Manchester City and Real Madrid are the front-runners to sign him, but Paris Saint-Germain is also in the mix.
However, Real Madrid’s attempts to sign the Norwegian have been hampered by Mino Raiola’s excessive demands for his client.
Raiola is demanding a net salary of 30 million euros for Haaland, which the Real Madrid management is hesitant to pay.
Los Blancos are also concerned about the 21-year-injury old’s history. He’s already had 14 injuries, three of which have occurred this season.
Real Madrid knows they can’t afford another costly blunder after the injury records of Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard.
The last word
Haaland is carefully examining his alternatives. He’s tempted by the prospect of playing for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, where he knows he’ll be the star, rather than sharing the spotlight with Kylian Mbappe at Real Madrid.
It is expected that the player will have the ultimate say at Valdebebas, but if his father, Alf-Inge Haaland, follows Raiola’s counsel, it is more likely that he will sign with Manchester City.
City is willing to satisfy Haaland’s wage expectations and would include a release option in his contract to allow him to pursue his dream of playing in Spain in the future.