Premier League champions Manchester City are planning for the last three seasons to fortify Norwegian striker Erling Haaland by signing a new contract.
The British newspaper "The Sun" reported that Manchester City wants to extend the current contract for Haaland until 2028, knowing that it expires in June 2027, adding that the first goal behind this step is to protect the player from the offers of Saudi clubs and Real Madrid.
Manchester City's plans do not stop there, with the Citizens want to give the player an annual salary of £28.6 million (€32 million) to make Haaland the highest-paid player in the Premier League.
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Manchester City will not be able to compete with Saudi clubs, yet they would not mind giving Haaland a weekly salary of up to £550,<> over the next five years.
Haaland currently earns a weekly salary of £375,<>, the same salary as team-mate Kevin De Bruyne, but the former can earn more through the personal rewards set out in his current contract.
Talks have already begun between Manchester City's management and Rafaela Pimenta, the player's agent, about a contract extension.
Interestingly, Haaland's current contract does not provide for the payment of a penalty clause that allows any club to pay in order to obtain the player without the need for rounds of negotiations, at a time when the newspaper confirms that the 23-year-old striker has no intention of moving to Saudi Arabia or Riyal.
Haaland was asked – earlier – about the possibility of breaking the record set by Alan Shearer, as the oldest scorer in the history of the Premier League with 260 goals, he replied: "He scored a lot of goals and I don't want to look forward too much, but I want to be here (with Manchester City) now, trying to enjoy every moment of my life."
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"I've played in a really good team and my team-mates help me a lot, but I think I have to improve individually."
Haaland led Manchester City to a big victory over Fulham yesterday 5-1 in the fourth round of the Premier League, scoring 3 goals (hat-trick) while his teammates Julian Alvarez and Nathan Ake preceded him with the first two goals.
The player raised his tally to 6 goals by 1.5 goals per game, to top scorers two goals ahead of Brighton's Evan Ferguson, and Brian Mbiomo Brentford striker, each with 4 goals.