When Man City activated Haaland’s £51.4 million release clause last summer, they were bound to get an excellent bargain.
Other hidden fees raised the true value of the whole package, but there are unlikely to be any complaints at the Etihad Stadium with the 22-year-old on track to break multiple records this term.
The Norwegian hitman has taken the Premier League by storm since joining the Cityzens.
With 47 goals from 40 games in all competitions, he has already beaten the previous benchmark for a City player in a single season, and there are still plenty of matches to play.
Haaland is currently contracted to the club until 2027, but City are pushing to tie him down to a new deal after removing a release clause from his existing contract.
According to The Athletic, Haaland’s City contract originally had a £150 million release clause that was set to take effect in the summer of 2024.
The buy-out clause was directly linked to Guardiola’s future, and is claimed to have expired when the Spaniard signed his new deal last November.
While it is unknown whether Haaland’s new contract would have similar triggers, City are desperate to keep him at the Etihad, despite reports of interest from Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are still interested in signing the Norwegian as a long-term successor for skipper Karim Benzema.
A move to the Santiago Bernabeu has long been a long-term aim for Haaland but is very happy at City and has been impressed by the club’s ability to keep commitments made to him during talks last year.
His goal-scoring exploits have put City on the verge of a Champions League semi-final date with Real Madrid.
The striker’s goals have also pulled City close the gap on Arsenal in the Premier League title race.
Guardiola’s side face Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final this weekend with a historic treble in their sights.