Manchester City is supposedly preparing a new deal for striker Erling Haaland. The superstar only just arrived in Manchester last summer in a transfer worth about $63 million. Borussia Dortmund and Haaland previously agreed to a relatively low transfer fee when he signed on from RB Salzburg in late 2019.

The Athletic is now reporting that the reigning Premier League champions want to lock down the star. This is despite the fact that Haaland’s current contract doesn’t run out until the summer of 2027. Nevertheless, City will be hoping to tie down the striker to avoid any temptations from outside clubs. Real Madrid has already been linked with Haaland throughout this season.

Release clause already removed from contract

The striker’s current contract at City also previously included a special release clause. Any club willing to shell out $186 million for Haaland would trigger the clause in the summer of 2024. However, this specific stipulation is now apparently removed from his deal.

In the now-deleted clause, Haaland could have opted to move away from City in 2024 should Pep Guardiola not be the team’s manager. Guardiola, however, signed an extension with City back in November, keeping him at the club until 2025.

Haaland deserved of new deal at Manchester City

There’s no surprise why Guardiola and City want to extend Haaland’s stay with the team. The 22-year-old center-forward has scored an incredible 47 goals in just 39 total matches so far this season. He currently leads England’s top flight with 32 goals in 28 games. This already ties the 38-game league record for scores in a season. Haaland has eight games remaining on the schedule to break the record previously set by Mohamed Salah.

Although extending a player’s deal with four years remaining on his current contract is a bit unusual, City has done this before. In fact, they just recently re-signed Julian Alvarez in his freshman season with the club. City previously made similar moves with Ruben Dias and Ederson as well.