Last summer’s bonkers transfer window was one of the least predictable in living memory, with many huge deals happening out of the blue.
Next summer could be just as unpredictable, with Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba’s future still unclear, while Erling Haaland’s next club is far from certain with a line-up of clubs that seek to sign it.
The forward is set to leave Borussia Dortmund with potential suitors able to pay as little as £ 64million for him.
The Times reports that Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola will be in talks with Manchester City about a possible move next summer.
However, City are far from the only major European club interested in signing the 21-year-old Norway international.
Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at who else is looking for Haaland and what the benefits of signing him would be for each club.
Haaland will no longer need any encouragement to join the Premier League champions and one of the best teams in Europe, led by one of the all-time greats, Pep Guardiola.
They are as if able to afford whatever Haaland and Raiola ask for, but a move to Etihad has sentimental value as well.
His father, Alfe-Inge, played for the club and his Leeds-born son supported City as a boy. Haaland Sr still has many contacts in Manchester.
A move for Haaland was also approved by former City player Trevor Sinclair.
“He ticks all the boxes,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.
“He’s 21, scores for fun in the Bundesliga and in his national team, is 6ft 4in and seems to have all the attributes a center forward needs to be successful in the Premier League – a great finisher with his left foot or straight, great movement.
“And for the way Manchester City play, they are clamoring for someone like that. I can’t see him fail if he goes to Manchester City.
There are ties to Man City, but Haaland also has ties to local rivals Man United.
The Red Devils tried to sign the player in January 2020, but it could be argued that they are favorites to sign the forward given Haaland’s ties to manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer, who revealed earlier this year that the pair was still in contact.
Of course, Man United signed Cristiano Ronaldo, but Haaland would appreciate the prospect of being a team-mate with someone he is trying to emulate.
Paris Saint Germain
Going to Ligue 1 would be a step back from the Bundesliga in the minds of many, but there are plenty of calls to sign for PSG.
Haaland clearly has a winning mentality, so what better club than PSG? They have won 27 trophies in ten years under Qatari ownership.
It has been suggested that Raiola is looking for a salary of £ 800,000 per week for her client. You wouldn’t want PSG to agree with that.
And speaking of rich and powerful clubs, it would take a daring player to turn down Real Madrid’s advances.
La Liga clubs might not have the same aura right now, but there will always be an appeal to playing for Real Madrid given their incredible history.
There is a feeling they are once again one of the best teams in Europe with Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba heavily linked with moves to the Bernabeu next summer.
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