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Erling Haaland confirms his transfer choice to Manchester City with Real Madrid implication

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Erling Haaland has reportedly told Manchester City he would rather join them than Real Madrid as one of the biggest transfers of the summer makes progress.

Haaland has emerged as a top target for Manchester City in their search for a new striker. The existence of a €75m (£63m) release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract makes him an appealing target.

The Norwegian’s form since joining Dortmund has suggested he would be well worth such a sum. Indeed, with 82 goals from 85 games for the club, his record is phenomenal.

Should any club pay his release clause, they will just need to convince Haaland to join them. That is what Manchester City have been working to do – and their progress has been positive.

Reports have recently indicated that they have reached an agreement over personal terms. Despite this, manager Pep Guardiola has refused to comment on the 21-year-old.

They could be working together from next season, though. In the latest promising update, The Times are claiming Haaland has given his word to Manchester City.

The striker has told the Premier League champions that he would prefer to join them over Real Madrid, another of the suitors for his signature.

Real Madrid look more likely to pursue the signing of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. They may revisit their interest in Haaland later, which City are aware of, but for now, it looks like his destiny is in Manchester.

Man City choose Erling Haaland over Harry Kane

Should they secure his signature, they will end their pursuit of England captain Harry Kane, whom they tried to sign from Tottenham Hotspur last summer.

They could not meet the asking price for Kane, but the fact that Haaland has a pre-determined exit clause means they should be more successful in this pursuit.

As such, the move is down to the smaller details before it can be concluded.

Should the move go through, Haaland will follow in the footsteps of his father Alf-Inge, who also played for City during his own career. He is believed to have played a key part in the current negotiations, along with agent Mino Raiola.

Each will earn substantial commission, potentially up to £40m, for their roles in the transfer.

Reports have indicated that any contract Haaland signs should be worth in the region of £500,000 per week. Making him the best-paid player in the Premier League, it would last, initially, until 2027.

READ MORE: Man City ‘open talks’ with £58m Arsenal target to provide Erling Haaland with perfect foil

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Joel Matip Puts Liverpool Ahead With An Odd Goal Against Southampton

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Liverpool have got as far as they can in every cup competition this season and they’re on the verge of taking the Premier League to the final day too.

After going a goal behind after 13 minutes, Liverpool have responded with goals from Takumi Minamino and Joel Matip.

Jurgen Klopp elected to go for a heavily rotated side for their fixture with Southampton, making nine changes to the team that faced Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final. He may well have been fearing the worst when Nathan Redmond gave Southampton the lead early.

Liverpool responded well though, with Minamino finishing off a well-worked move starting at the feet of Joe Gomez and converted by the Japanese after a lovely touch from Diogo Jota. Gomez would then limp off on the stroke of half-time in another piece of worrying injury news.

Away from thoughts about the Champions League final however, Klopp and his travelling army of Reds will at least be satisfied with the match itself. Liverpool continued to dominate the ball and went about their work in a relaxed fashion, eventually getting the goal in bizarre circumstances

It appears that Kyle Walker-Peters attempted clearing header comes off the head of Matip from close range, looping into the far corner. A win will take Liverpool within a point of Manchester City, meaning Pep Guardiola’s side will have to win their final match against Aston Villa to guarantee the title.

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Nathan Redmond’s Superb Curler Ends Liverpool’s Championship Chances

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Liverpool fans have been lamenting the fact that their team has an almost impossible job on the final day of the season, hoping that Manchester City slip up against Aston Villa. Yet if they fail to do their homework against Southampton, it would all be futile anyway.

Should Liverpool pick up a point, it would be all but over too, as an eight goal swing to occur by virtue of a victory and a City defeat anyway. In reality, only a win will do for Jurgen Klopp.

The German manager has made nine changes to the side that beat Chelsea in the F.A Cup final and has gone for fresh legs to try and combat Southampton’s intense style.

If they are to get the win however, they will have to do it the hard way. After just 13 minutes, Nathan Redmond cut in on his right and let loose a curling effort into the top corner and beyond Alisson. Even if it did take a slight deflection off James Milner’s leg.

Liverpool now have to mount a comeback in the knowledge that defeat will seal the fate of the title. Something which will suit Southampton’s counter-attack well.

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