Manchester City were named as one of Erling Haaland’s suitors even before Mino Raiola admitted in December the Borussia Dortmund star ‘can go to’ the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola and the super-agent have not shared a good relationship, which is why the Citizens haven’t signed any players represented by Raiola.

Earlier this month, Sport reported the Premier League winners are willing to lift this ban to sign the 21-year-old in the summer. The same outlet explained last week that City have made movements to overcome competition from Barcelona for the Norway international.

Real Madrid are also looking at the former Red Bull Salzburg man, but for 2023 and not in the next window. That’s according to AS on Wednesday.

Raiola and the attacker’s father were set to meet the German club’s leaders last month, to discuss Haaland’s future, but this was postponed due to the agent’s health issues.

The newspaper states the representative’s ‘medical situation has improved’, allowing him to attend ‘some professional issues’.

Meanwhile, the Bundesliga side have become the Madrid club’s ‘unexpected ally’ in the ‘Operation Haaland’ since they hope to retain him for one more season.

To do that, Dortmund plan to offer the player a new deal next season, which will include a ‘stratospheric salary’ that City, Paris Saint-Germain or even Manchester United can offer him.

All of this will depend on the decision Haaland will take at the summit with the BVB, which is ‘close to taking place’. If he decides to leave them after this campaign, Real Madrid will either be forced to join City and others in the transfer battle or ‘lose him’.

Guardiola’s side continue to be named as the Norwegian’s suitors and AS explain they will ‘try to convince Haaland’ over making a switch to City after this season.

Despite having a reported release clause between €75-90m that will come into effect in the summer, AS claim the price for which Haaland can leave BVB, ‘will be around, in the best of cases, €100m’.