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prem snub Erling Haaland may have already decided where he will be playing next season

The Borussia Dortmund striker will not make a move until next summer's transfer window, when his €75million release clause will be active.

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Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

It was always likely to be the transfer story of 2022 and now it seems Erling Haaland may have already decided where he wants to play next season.

The Borussia Dortmund striker will not make a move until next summer's transfer window, when his €75million release clause will be active.

Yet while both Manchester United and their neighbours City have been heavily linked with a move for the Norway striker, it seems that his heart is now set on a move to Spain.

While Barcelona and Real Madrid have been managing financial woes as they look to emerge from the Covid crisis, widespread reports are suggesting he will play for one of the two Spanish giants next season.

Barcelona have made it clear that they could finance a deal to sign Haaland, but Real Madrid appear to be the frontrunners for his signature.

The Spanish league leaders are also expected to sign Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with a strike partnership with Haaland viewed as the dream combination by Bernabeu chiefs.

Haaland and Mbappe would both command lavish wages and that could be an issue as Real Madrid look to comply with tight financial regulations in Spanish football.

Yet with Gareth Bale certain to leave Real Madrid when his £600,000-a-week contract expires at the end of this season, that will be a huge weight off their wage bill.

Eden Hazard is another big earner who is expected to leave Real Madrid, with Carlo Ancelotti's side preparing to make way for two marquee signings that the hope will push them back into the mix for the biggest honours in European football next season.

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