Man City and Borussia Dortmund clear the decks for Erling Haaland mega deal with Gabriel Jesus departure… – talkSPORT

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The groundwork for Erling Haaland’s blockbuster move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City continues to be laid with both teams making plans for the deal.
Reports have claimed that City have won the race to secure Haaland’s signature, with the 21-year-old agreeing terms with Pep Guardiola’s side.
City appear to have won the Haaland sweepstakes
And Jesus will be making way upfront
The Norwegian’s £63million release clause is set to be triggered, with a £500,000 per-week salary which would make him the highest paid player in the Premier League.
Dortmund’s sporting director, Sebastian Kehl, has denied the reports, but news out of Germany suggests BVB have already secured their replacement in preparation for Haaland’s impending departure.
Liverpool-linked Germany international Karim Adeyemi looks set to fill Haaland’s huge boots, joining from Salzburg after turning down sister team Leipzig, much like his Norwegian predecessor did.
Multiple outlets in Germany claim a £35m deal has been struck for the former former Bayern Munich academy star, who already has a goal and an assist in just 49 minutes of action for his national team.
Dortmund are clearly planning for Haaland’s departure, while City seem to be gearing up for his arrival, with Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus seen as collateral.
The 25-year-old’s five-and-a-half-year stint at the Etihad looks set to come to an end, with the club keen to recoup some cash before his contract expires in 2023.
Dortmund’s Haaland replacement is set to be announced in the coming days
Jesus followed up the news with four goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over Watford, keeping City clear of title rivals Liverpool, but he still appears destined for the exit door.
The Athletic and reports out of Brazil claim Jesus’ departure is decided, with Arsenal keen to capitalise.
Speculation over Jesus has become so strong that Guardiola was asked about the situation following their thrashing of Watford, and said he ‘doesn’t care’ about any potential exits.
“I want to tell you something; Gabriel [Jesus] is our player,” Guardiola said.
Guardiola has been coy on both Haaland and Jesus, hinting that deals are near
“I don’t know what is going to happen, but he is a Man City player. When he has days like today, I am the happiest man in the world!
“Every player is happy when they play 90 minutes all the time but at the end of the season whether he wants to extend, stay or leave, I don’t know or don’t care. We have less than one month.”
That departure will then clear room for Haaland to become the highest paid footballer in England, ending City’s search for a long-term replacement for all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero.
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