Erling Haaland transfer 'plotted' as Manchester City find Joao Cancelo solution

Erling Haaland
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Barcelona have reportedly decided to pursue a move for Manchester City star Erling Haaland in the summer of 2025.

The 23-year-old has impressed at the Etihad since completing the £51million move from Borussia Dortmund in 2022. He has already amassed an impressive trophy haul, including two Premier League titles, two Golden Boots, a host of individual awards, and the Champions League title in 2023.

His future has been a topic of speculation in recent weeks despite being under contract until the summer of 2027, and according to HITC, Haaland has been identified as Barcelona's next summer signing.

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It is said that president Joan Laporta has 'instructed' the Barcelona hierarchy to do all they can to facilitate the signing of Nico Williams this transfer window and consequently focus on Haaland next summer, when the construction of the newly-built Camp Nou is set to be completed.

Elsewhere, Inter Milan are claimed to be showing a 'genuine' interest in Joao Cancelo as his future remains uncertain at the Etihad. The Portuguese star was loaned out last season after falling out of favour under Pep Guardiola.

He spent the rest of the 2023 campaign at Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga, and was then loaned out to Barcelona during the 2023/24 season. Despite being huge admirers of the player, Barca's financial struggles means they cannot afford to buy Cancelo permanently.

While they would welcome another loan for the player, City are believed to be reluctant to do so and would prefer to sanction a permanent transfer. It seems unlikely that Cancelo will have a place in Guardiola's team next season and could be put up for sale.

According to Mundo Deportivo (via TEAMtalk) Cancelo has drawn the attention of Inter, who are said to be 'exploring' a move. Meanwhile, reports elsewhere add that Saudi Pro League clubs Al-Ahli and Al-Ettifaq are also keen on signing Cancelo.