Erling Haaland‘s sensational switch to Manchester City is set to become the biggest move of the summer transfer window but the 21-year-old’s deal could send shock waves throughout the rest of the market.
Sportsmail revealed that City’s pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund star had taken a significant step forward as the club agreed terms with the player’s representatives.
It is understood that a suitable financial package – which would make Haaland the Premier League’s highest-paid player on more than £500,000 a week – has been given the nod.
City are now expected to trigger the Norwegian’s £63million release clause at the Bundesliga side with a potential five-year deal likely to be sealed in the next week or so.
But Pep Guardiola’s coup for Haaland could have repercussions for the rest of Europe’s elite forwards with clubs across the continent’s top-flights scrambling to rearrange their plans ahead of the transfer window opening.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at what Haaland’s sensational City move could mean for the top strikers across Europe.
Manchester City have agreed terms with the representatives of striker Erling Haaland
Haaland, pictured as a child in a Man City shirt, is set to join the club for £63million
Man City missed out on bringing the Tottenham striker to the Etihad last summer but Pep Guardiola’s side have been linked to renewing their interest throughout the season.
The Spurs striker endured a slow start to the season but has since racked up 22 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions.
And much to Tottenham fans’ relief, their captain could now stay at the club this summer.
Man City missed out on bringing Tottenham striker Harry Kane to the Etihad last summer
City’s local rivals Manchester United have also been interested in Kane for some time, and potential boss Erik ten Hag is said to view him as a top target.
But Kane, who has two years left on his deal, is happy at Tottenham again thanks to the progress they have made under manager Antonio Conte.
With City having secured their top priority Haaland to fill the void up front, they are unlikely to make a move for the England captain too.
With an offer from the reigning Premier League champions unlikely, Kane is reportedly set to snub interest from elsewhere in favour of staying loyal to Spurs.
The England captain is reportedly set to snub interest from elsewhere and stay at Spurs
The Benfica striker faced an Anfield audition as the Portuguese side travelled to Liverpool in the Champions League last week and he did not disappoint.
Although the Primeira Liga side ultimately exited the competition, Nunez’s performance likely only encouraged the interest from his host of Premier League suitors.
Several top-flight sides have been credited with interest, including Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle and West Ham.
Man City were said to have the ‘advantage’ in the race for the Uruguayan’s signature, according to Portugese outlet Record, via the Manchester Evening News, with Nunez ‘dreaming’ of a move to the Etihad.
Darwin Nunez (left)scored during Benfica’s Champions League clash against Liverpool
The forward has attracted a host of Premier League suitors, including Arsenal and Man United
But with City now likely to step aside having secured their target and Haaland now off the market, Nunez could become the hottest property on the market.
Having dazzled in the Champions League this year, the 22-year-old Nunez is unsurprisingly keen to continue plying his trade in the competition next season, which could present a set back for the English sides in the hunt.
But the Uruguay international is also said to be on the radar of Europe’s elite with PSG and Barcelona also believed to be interested.
Having missed out on Haaland to City, Barcelona will be on the lookout for a replacement as Xavi continues to rebuild his new-look side this summer and Nunez could fit the bill.
With Haaland Manchester-bound, Borussia Dortmund will be left with a massive void to fill up front.
The German side will desperately hunting for a suitable replacement in summer as they prepare to end Bayern Munich’s vice-like grip on the Bundesliga title.
Dortmund could turn to Chelsea’s Timo Werner with the club said to already be in talks with the forward.
Borussia Dortmund could turn to Chelsea outcast Timo Werner to replace Haaland
Werner wants to end his disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge by leaving the club in the summer, according to reports in Germany.
The 26-year-old German has failed to live up to expectations at Chelsea after joining the Blues for £53million from RB Leipzig in June 2020.
The German has claimed he feels more comfortable playing for Germany than the Blues
Werner’s output has been poor this season with just 11 goals in 33 appearances across all competitions and he has fallen out of favour with boss Thomas Tuchel, struggling to lockdown a spot in the Blues’ starting XI.
Chelsea are now willing to take a hit on the player as they are believed to be asking for a fee of at least £34million for Werner, according to Sport1.
The German publication reported Werner, who is under contract until 2025, and his agent Volker Struth are already working on his exit from the club during the next transfer window.
Werner recently admitted that he feels more comfortable representing Germany than he does the Blues due to the ‘differences in the style of play’ and a return to his homeland could suit him.
However, his wages could provide a stumbling block for Dortmund as Werner earns more at Stamford Bridge than any player currently in the Bundesliga side.
Werner earns around £13.3m per year, while Dortmund’s captain Marco Reus earns just over £10m.
Spanish giants Barcelona were reportedly set on signing one of a trio of elite players this summer – Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah.
With one player now ruled out of the equation the Catalan giants are likely to intensify their efforts to secure the Bayern Munich star or the Liverpool hero.
Lewandowski’s current deal expires in the summer of 2023 and he has been linked with a move to the Catalan club in recent weeks but Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn has insisted the 33-year-old will remain in Bavaria.
In his eight seasons at the club he has gone on to become one of their greatest ever players and is only behind Gerd Muller in their all-time record scorer list.
Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski’s current deal expires in the summer of 2023
Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn said they would be ‘crazy’ to sell a player who scores ‘between 30 and 40 goals’ a season
In total, Lewandowski has scored a phenomenal 340 goals in 369 appearances since joining the club from rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2014.
However, in a blow to the Bundesliga leaders, reports emerged earlier this month that the Poland international has already agreed terms with the LaLiga side and has informed Bayern that he plans to leave the club.
With Haaland seemingly no longer an option for Barcelona as they look to build upon Xavi’s renaissance and return to the top of European football, speculation will only heighten over Lewandowski’s potential arrival at the Nou Camp this summer.
Yet, given Barcelona’s well-documented financial crisis, the club could wait until next year when they could snatch Lewandowski up on a free transfer.
Liverpool’s Egyptian King finds himself in a similar situation to Bayern star Lewandowski.
Salah is embroiled in a never-ending contract situation with his current deal at Anfield set to expire in June 2023.
The forward is believed to be holding out for a deal worth more than £400,000 a week and has yet to agree terms with the club, although again insisted in the week: ‘It’s not all about money.’
Mohamed Salah is embroiled in a contract saga at Liverpool with his deal expiring in June 2023
The 29-year-old has an impressive 30 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions this season, and he returned to form following a dip in recent weeks by scoring twice in the 4-0 hammering of Manchester United on Tuesday.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was not worried about the Egyptian’s slight drop off, saying last week: ‘It’s (Salah’s goal drought) a completely normal spell that Mo is going through.
‘We’ve spoken before about all the physical demands he has faced in the last few months so it’s completely normal.
‘I liked the game against City a lot. He played a really, really good football game so it’s only a question of time when he will score as well. He’s been unlucky in these moments and you know, if you don’t have luck as a striker you don’t even try.
‘He’s been close enough a couple of times and the moment will definitely come. I’m really happy with the form he showed at Wembley.’
But Salah’s contract turmoil could have left the door open for Barcelona to make a move this summer.
Haaland was top of Barcelona’s priority list, with Salah in a first reserve and Lewandowski bringing up the rear.
Real Madrid and Juventus have also been linked to Salah with the Italian side said to be considering a a mega-money deal worth £10m-a-year to try and lure him to Turin.
The PSG starlet had been repeatedly pursued by Real Madrid last summer and after the French side rejected their bids, it was expected they would return for Mbappe this year.
Mbappe’s contract expires in June and he appears to have one foot out of the door at the Parc des Princes with a new deal yet to be agreed with PSG.
The Frenchman has been free to open talks with overseas clubs since January but a deal over a potential move has yet to emerge.
French starlet Kylian Mbappe has been pursued by Real Madrid but PSG are keen to keep him
Long-term suitors Real were thought to be leading contenders but the Spanish giants were also said to be keen on bringing Haaland to the Santiago Bernabeau.
With Haaland no longer an option, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are expected to reinvigorate their pursuit of Mbappe.
Kylian Mbappe reportedly wants Real Madrid to pay more than the £125million PSG have offered him
However, Real could suffer their second setback of the transfer window, before it has even opened.
The 23-year-old has kept the world guessing over his future amid reports that PSG have offered him £125million (€150m) over two seasons in a bid to keep him in the French capital.
The World Cup winner’s heart is reportedly still set on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu but he wants Real to pay him more than the mega-money offer he has received from PSG.
So much so, some reports suggest Mbappe has asked Madrid for £83m more than they had agreed and Los Blancos are subsequently refusing to meeting his demands.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that reinforcements will only come for Ancelotti’s side this summer if Real can sell players on top of Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Isco’s departures as free agents.
But the LaLiga giants are confident they will accumulate between £62-£82million from selling the likes of Take Kubo, Brahim Diaz and Reinier Jesus, who are all currently out on loan.
But Haaland’s Man City move could Real Madrid the push needed to go all out for Mbappe. According to PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, we could know either way on this one once the Ligue 1 title is wrapped up, so hold on to your hats.