Erling Haaland has been heavily linked to Manchester City ever since Mino Raiola said the Borussia Dortmund star ‘can go’ to the Etihad, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Barcelona next summer.

BVB chief Hans-Joachim Watzke then confirmed Los Blancos’ interest in the striker, after which AS reported the Citizens’ ‘petrodollars’ have become Real Madrid’s ‘great enemy’ to land the 21-year-old.

The Bundesliga side are keen to retain the striker at least until 2023 and to do that, they are ready to offer a new contract which will include an annual of €16m per year. His deal with Nike expires this month and Puma are ready to poach him.

This was detailed by SportBild on Wednesday, who explained Puma are willing to offer a deal worth €8m annually. They are also the kit manufacture of the Germany club and can play a key role in helping BVB keep Haaland beyond this season.

Bild relay these claims and then discuss City’s plans to hire the Norwegian. It’s said Pep Guardiola’s side are ‘ready to pay’ his €75m release clause, which will be activated from next summer. The English champions are joined by Manchester United and Real Madrid in the race to sign Haaland.

With Dortmund having a desire to retain their prized asset and the frontman attracting interest from several clubs, BVB plan to hold ‘first concrete talks’ with Haaland’s camp in January, to find out what his plans are for the future.

Haaland, who has 19 goals and five assists from 16 matches in all competitions this term, has been in fine form for Dortmund, ever since he arrived at Signal Iduna Park in January 2020.