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Erling Haalands agent holds Barcelona talks as race for striker gathers pace – The Guardian

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  • Manchester City and Chelsea strong contenders to sign striker
  • Dortmund want at least €150m for striker this summer

Erling Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, held talks with Barcelona on Thursday and then flew to Spain’s capital for discussions with Real Madrid as the battle to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker intensified.

Raiola intends to have dialogue with other clubs in the coming weeks. Manchester City and Chelsea and also leading contenders to buy Haaland, and there is interest from Manchester United, but Bayern Munich are not currently in the race.

Dortmund have indicated they want at least €150m (£128m) for Haaland this summer. Raiola had a meeting with them this week to discuss the asking price because a clause in the player’s contract that allows him to leave for €75m does not become valid until the summer of 2022. The Norwegian cost Dortmund €22.5m from RB Salzburg in December 2019.

Barcelona’s president, Joan Laporta, wants to bring Haaland to the Camp Nou as a statement signing after he was last month elected to the position for a second time. Striking a deal will not be straightforward but opening talks, also attended by Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, were positive if inconclusive. Raiola and Haaland Sr then departed for Madrid on a private plane.

The 20-year-old Haaland, who has 39 goals for club and country this season, is due to play for Dortmund at Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday. No swift resolution is expected regarding his future, with Raiola keen to speak to all interested parties about their proposals and projects before a decision is taken.

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