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Erling Haaland to Real Madrid: Young Striker Triggers £175m Release Clause for Summer Transfer

Erling Haaland to Real Madrid: Young Striker Triggers £175m Release Clause for Summer Transfer

Spanish reports suggest that Erling Haaland has taken a bold step by triggering his £175m release clause in his contract with Manchester City, with the goal of securing a summer transfer to Real Madrid. Haaland, despite his impressive scoring record of 31 goals in 28 games since joining City from Borussia Dortmund last summer, feels that his abilities are not being fully utilized under manager Pep Guardiola. He believes that a move to Real Madrid, with the aging Karim Benzema nearing the end of his career, would offer a better opportunity for him to continue his development as a player.

Haaland has requested the activation of his exit clause a year ahead of schedule to facilitate a move to Real Madrid this summer instead of in 2024. According to Spanish outlet Defensa Central, a move to Real Madrid for Haaland is a “real possibility”. This news will come as a surprise to Manchester City fans who had hoped to see the former Dortmund striker leading their attack for years to come.

Haaland’s potential transfer is reportedly influenced by the ongoing investigation into financial irregularities at Manchester City. The Premier League has referred the reigning champions to an independent commission to investigate 100 alleged breaches of financial regulations, with possible sanctions ranging from fines to points deductions and even expulsion from the league if found guilty.

Despite a highly successful first season at the Etihad Stadium with 25 league goals in 20 appearances and the potential for a golden boot win, Haaland’s performances in crucial games have drawn criticism. He was largely ineffective in last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham and struggled in last month’s Manchester derby against United.

 

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