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Manchester City plot contract extension talks with 90-goal star after £175 million release clause activation



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Manchester City are preparing to offer Erling Haaland an improved contract amid fears surrounding the striker’s release clause.

The 23-year-old secured a second successive Premier League title with Manchester City last month, winning his sixth major trophy since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Borussia Dortmund in 2022 for £51 million.

Haaland helped Pep Guardiola’s side to a record-breaking fourth consecutive title, as the Norwegian international scored 27 goals and registered five assists in 31 Premier League appearances for the Sky Blues.

The striker additionally claimed a second Premier League Golden Boot award despite seeing his campaign hampered by a series of injury setbacks, with Haaland concluding the campaign with 38 goals in 45 appearances for Manchester City.

Haaland, who has netted nine hat-tricks and scored against 28 different opponents for the Blues to date, has already scored 90 goals for Manchester City, making the 23-year-old the 22nd highest scorer at the club after only two seasons.

The Norwegian is contracted at the Etihad Stadium until 2027, but there are emerging fears surrounding the future of several first-team players beyond the end of next season, amid the potential for Pep Guardiola to depart east Manchester following the expiration of his current deal.

Guardiola, who has signed three previous extensions since arriving from Bayern Munich in 2016, is out of contract in 2025 with the Sky Blues.

Haaland’s future at the Etihad Stadium is further complicated by a £175 million buy-out clause for clubs outside England, which becomes active from this summer and depreciates annually, according to Simon Mullock at The Mirror.

Etihad officials are therefore reportedly plotting contract extension talks with Haaland, with a new deal for the Norwegian forward considered as a ‘priority over the coming months’ for the club.

Manchester City are claimed to want to ‘avoid the prospect of an exodus’ in 2025, and as a result are preparing to offer several players fresh deals.

The Sky Blues are also set for contract extension talks with Kevin De Bruyne and Ederson, with the pair having been subject to Saudi Arabian interest ahead of the opening of the summer transfer window.

It has also been claimed that Phil Foden and Rodri could be rewarded with new contracts beyond 2027.