European giants already have '2025 plan' to sign Man City superstar Erling Haaland

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Manchester City striker Erling Haaland could be subject to a big bid from a European giant.

Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland will be the subject of an approach from one of Europe's biggest clubs, according to a report, but not just yet. The striker has been a sensation for City since arriving from Borussia Dortmund, scoring 54 goals in 58 league games, firing the club to a treble last season.

At £51.2million, Haaland has been a bargain for City, but they were not the only club interested in a deal for the striker at the time. A number of clubs discussed a deal with the Norwegian frontman, and Barcelona were one of those teams. According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona not only met with Haaland during the process, but the player told the Blaugrana he was willing to join them.

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Though, with Barca struggling with financial issues at the time, City came through to pull off a deal ahead of them. The report goes on to add that the door between Haaland and Barcelona has 'remained open'. Speculation intensified again when the striker's agent, Rafaela Pimenta, recently visited Barca, meeting with club chief Deco.

Barcelona are said to remain interested in Haaland, but they are not in a position to make a move any time soon, not that City would consider selling him in any case. The report says Barca plan to make a fresh move for the striker in 2025 when Robert Lewandowski's contract expires.

The Norwegian frontman is not out of contract until 2027, though, so any move would still be subject to City being open to a sale. Given Haaland's contribution to the side and his goal scoring record, it seems very unlikely City would consider a sale, and a new contract is more likely before that. Despite that, Barcelona are said to remain hopeful.

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