Real Madrid are ‘best positioned’ to land Manchester City striker Erling Haaland if he chooses to leave the Eithad Stadium, according to reports.
The Citizens were recently hit with 115 charges by the Premier League nine days ago for alleged breaches of their financial fair play rules, relating to a period between 2009 and 2018.
City, who have steadfastly denied wrongdoing, could face stringent sanctions if they are found to have broken spending regulations by an independent commission.
There have been rumours since that a number of their players, and manager Pep Guardiola, could look for new clubs if the allegations are proven.
One of those players is Haaland, who has scored 25 Premier League goals in 21 appearances this term, with rumours the Norway international isn’t going to stick around if City are sanctioned.
There have been doubts raised recently that Man City and Haaland are getting the best out of each other this season with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher insisting the 22-year-old “may have actually picked the wrong club”.
And now Spanish publication Fichajes insists that Haaland ‘chooses his next destination’ after the news about the charges against Man City and ‘is still in the sights of several big teams in Europe’.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is particularly keen on Haaland and the Spanish club could now sign the Norwegian way before they thought they’d have a chance.
Haaland reportedly has a ‘release clause to leave the club in the summer of 2024’ and the former Borussia Dortmund striker believes that “would be the right time” to leave Man City and follow his ‘dream’ to play in Spain.
He is ‘clear about his next destination’ with Real Madrid and Barcelona the only ‘two viable options’ but it is Los Blancos who are ‘best positioned’ for his signature.
And the report adds that ‘the possible sanction’ on Man City could speed up his departure ‘ahead of time’ with Haaland looking to win as many trophies as possible.
With some suggesting Man City are a worse team with Haaland in the side, former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has noticed some tactical changes at City now that the Norway international is in the side.
Wenger told beIN Sports: “Poor is maybe a big word.
“He makes Manchester City a different team. A different team, why? Because now with Haaland they win the ball a little less quickly back and when they win the ball they go more quickly to find him.
“Before they were a bit more patient interchanging and the combination game was maybe more patient and shorter and technically different. Today, they rely more on crosses on direct play with Haaland. We speak about City, you could have the same conversation with Liverpool.”