Manchester City fans will be ecstatic to learn that they appear to have won the race to sign Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian international has been on fire in the Bundesliga and appears to be the ideal long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, but how did City win the race for his signature?
According to the Daily Mail, City believed Haaland might join Real Madrid instead, but it appears that Karim Benzema’s fantastic form encouraged him to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
Haaland may have been an exciting signing for Los Blancos, but Benzema has also been one of Europe’s finest players this season, so there’s no assurance there would have been room for both of these world-class forwards in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
The Mail also mentions how Haaland grew up a City fan, with his father having played for the club during his playing days.
It will be interesting to see how the 21-year-old performs in the Premier League next season, though it could spell a very one-sided title fight unless other clubs make similarly bold moves this summer, such as Liverpool and Chelsea.