Man City still face battle for Erling Haaland as Real Madrid and Barcelona believe he prefers Spain to England

MANCHESTER CITY still faces battle with Erling Haaland as Real Madrid and Barcelona believe he wants to move to Spain.

Pep Guardiola’s champions want to strike a deal this summer to sign the Borussia Dortmund forward, who has a £64m release clause in his contract.

Manchester City hope to beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to Haaland

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Manchester City hope to beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to HaalandCredit: Getty

That puts City in an extremely important position when their big rivals Madrid and Barca would rather wait at least another 12 months.

Both La Liga giants believe Spain is the 21-year-old’s favorite at this stage of his career.

City are likely to tell him his dream of playing football in Spain – where he already owns a property – can still come true in the next few years.

Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, who played for City from 2000-03, is delighted that he follows in his footsteps.

Dortmund plan to eventually try to convince Haaland to stay for another 12 months, by making him the highest-paid player in their history.

That will fall into the hands of Real when they want to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG this summer.

And Barca could use the delay to settle their mountain of debt.

The cash-strapped club are wary of spending too much money to land Haaland and have ruled out any move that could expose the club to extra risk.

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Barca are looking to avoid the situation they were in last summer when they were forced to let Lionel Messi go for free.

There is still the possibility of the Argentinian returning to the Nou Camp in a stunning comeback.

Messi’s father Jorge is said to have phoned the club to secure his son’s return after Messi was booed by his own fans on Sunday.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4894680/man-city-haaland-real-madrid-barcelona/ Man City still face battle for Erling Haaland as Real Madrid and Barcelona believe he prefers Spain to England

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