Man City and PSG frontrunners in Erling Haaland transfer race as Barcelona cannot afford Dortmund striker

MANCHESTER CITY and Paris Saint-Germain are frontrunners to land Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland, reports suggest.

That is according to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, who claims Barcelona won't be able to challenge City, PSG or Real Madrid because they can't afford Haaland.

The star striker is available for a bargain £64million but his salary expectations and agent fee demands will still make any deal a huge financial commitment.

The Citizens, in contrast to Barca, have enormous financial backing and are still looking for a centre-forward to replace record goalscorer Sergio Aguero.

The same goes for the Parisians who are likely to lose Kylian Mbappe to Real when his contract runs out in June.

Los Blancos, on the other hand, are prioritising Mbappe ahead of the summer transfer window.

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Di Marzio told wettfreunde: "I don't think that Haaland will join FC Barcelona because it's a very difficult plan for them – paying Borussia Dortmund, paying the wages of [agent Mino] Raiola.

"I think it's an economical plan [the Haaland transfer] that only Manchester City or PSG can support, at this moment.

"Or Real Madrid, as in the last two years they did not buy any player.

"Probably Real Madrid would like to have Mbappe and Haaland all together in the new era."

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Haaland has been on fire this season with Dortmund despite a string of injury problems along the way.

The Norway international has still amassed a whopping total of 23 goals and six assists in 23 matches.

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