Man City among 20 clubs monitoring RB Salzburg striker – club open to selling next summer

Manchester City are among 20 major European clubs interested in the signature of Red Bull Salzburg wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland, according to Fabrizio Romano of the Guardian.

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Despite only joining the club in January 2019, Haaland has rapidly become one of the most sought-after strikers in world football, after scoring 23 goals in 20 appearances for the Austrian side.

This quite remarkable goalscoring form has had a significant effect on his current valuation, according to the report, with the teenager’s price tag currently standing at around €40m (£34.5m). However, Salzburg expect to be able to sell him for more than €60m in the summer.

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Should Manchester City look to pursue the services of Haaland, they will face strong competition from some of Europe’s biggest names – with a list of around 20 clubs monitoring his progress. Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, have all scouted the Norwegian striker recently.

It is claimed, after contact from Napoli’s representatives, that Salzburg will put a value on him at the end of the season and nothing will happen until then. The Austrian side will then wait to see whether any potential suitor matches their valuation, or whether a bidding war will form for the teenager.

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This season he has already scored 22 goals in 15 games, including six in the Champions League – putting him very top of the goalscoring charts so far.

Manchester City fans have every right to be excited, or even optimistic, in regards to these links. As many blues will know, Erling is the son of former Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge Haland who played for the club in the early 2000s.

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