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Man City have deal in place to sign Erling Haaland with Real Madrid set to miss out

Manchester City have deal in place to sign Erling Haaland
Manchester City have deal in place to sign Erling Haaland / Matthias Hangst/GettyImages

Manchester City reportedly have a deal in place to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

The 21-year-old has been a subject of interest from a number of clubs, including Barcelona and Real Madrid. But according to the Daily Mail, the LaLiga giants are set to miss out on signing the talented forward.

The report claims that personal terms have been agreed between Haaland and City, and the framework of the transfer is ready to be signed off by City chiefs.

Haaland has a £63million release clause in his contract, and along with his agent, Mino Raiola's fees and a signing-on bonus, the total cost of signing the forward could be around £100m.

Pep Guardiola has made signing a striker ahead of the new season a priority, and while Real Madrid are still hoping to lure the Norwegian to Spain, reports claim the Premier League champions are confident of landing Haaland.

Haaland's father, Alfie, spent three years at City after leaving Leeds United, and the family reportedly still share an affinity with the club.

Haaland has scored 80 goals in 79 games across competitions for Dortmund and is undoubtedly one of the hottest properties in football right now.

According to Chris Sutton of the Daily Mail, Haaland is a perfect fit for City. Writing for the publication, Sutton said: "Haaland's left foot can be used as a sledgehammer, or he can use it to dink a delicate chip into the back of the net. To have that range and knowledge of which finish to use and when at 21 years of age is such a weapon. My old strike partner Alan Shearer was like that: just brutal in his finishing.

"Watch Haaland and you'll see he's never afraid of knocking the ball by a defender before bursting beyond him. He knows if he gets his body ahead of his opponent then the only way he'll be stopped is by being brought down.

"Haaland isn't flash. You won't catch him doing Cristiano Ronaldo step-overs, or Neymar flicks for the hell of it. That isn't a bad thing.

"Guardiola doesn't want that from his players. City's manager prefers effectiveness, and Haaland is exceptional at staying on his feet and exerting close control of the ball. They're skills in themselves. Haaland's got that down."