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City to Hold Haaland Talks in January

Manchester City are expected to hold talks with Erling Haaland's agent Mino Raiola in January over a summer transfer move for the Norwegian striker.

Haaland's father, Alfie, played for City from 2000 until 2003. It is unknown how big of an impact, if any, that will have on the transfer negotiations pertaining to Borussia Dortmund's no. 9.

It is believed that Haaland's contract with Dortmund contains a £64 million release clause that becomes active next summer. That should be an easily attainable figure for the club to meet.

The issue for City will likely be the sheer number of clubs interested in the young, prolific forward. £64 million for a player of Haaland's age, quality, and production will be surely be seen as a bargain, given the current state of the transfer market.

City will also have to find a way to come to an agreement with Raiola, who does not hold many fans within the Etihad. Raiola most recently called Pep Guardiola a "coward" and a "dog" during a feud over Yaya Toure's lack of playing time in 2018.

Raiola will surely demand a steep increase on Haaland's current wages at Dortmund, along with an eye watering agent fee to complete the transaction.

Only time will tell if City will meet his demands for one of European Football's most valuable young players.

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