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Erling Haaland to hold talks with Manchester City transfer meeting to win £64m release clause

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Manchester City is said to have scheduled formal talks with super-agent Mino Raiola in January to capture Erling Haaland. The Premier League winners want to go ahead of all other interested parties before the striker’s £64 million release clause comes into effect next summer.

Chelsea was the first English club to express an interest in Haaland since he joined Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer when they held exploratory talks with the Bundesliga club. The Blues, on the other hand, we’re assured that Haaland would not be sold at any price, so they turned their attention to Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku, who they bought for a club-record amount of £97.5 million.

City has now set their sights on ‘The Terminator,’ and his father Alf-Inge Haaland’s connection to the club might be crucial in persuading him to relocate to the Etihad Stadium. The 48-year-old was a City player from 2000 to 2003, so he is already well-connected in the city.

According to The Times, Haaland’s contract with Borussia Dortmund expires in June 2024, and City is eager to reach an agreement before his release clause money kicks in next summer.

A number of big European teams are interested in signing Haaland, with Chelsea being the most recent to show interest this summer, but Dortmund was unwilling to consider a deal. The Blues next shifted their attention to Romelu Lukaku, who they re-signed for a club-record fee of £97.5 million.

Erling Haaland to hold talks with Manchester City transfer meeting to win £64m release clause

Alf-Inge Haaland, Erling’s father, spent three years at Man City, and the club is hoping that this will be a deciding factor in securing the contract. Tottenham Hotspur and chairman Daniel Levy would be delighted by City’s interest in Haaland, who refused to consider allowing Harry Kane to move to the Etihad last summer.

However, Raiola and Haaland senior have reportedly spoken to both Barcelona and Real Madrid in the hunt to sign the young superstar away from Germany.

Manchester United, who are in search of a replacement for Edinson Cavani, who is slated to return to South America at the end of the season, is also mentioned in the conversation.

Haaland’s amazing run has continued this season, with 11 goals and four assists in just eight appearances across all competitions. In 67 games for Der BVB, he has scored an incredible 68 goals.

After missing Dortmund’s last three matches due to a thigh injury, his progress has been halted in recent weeks. He was then ruled out of Norway’s World Cup qualifying matches against Turkey and Montenegro.

The 21-year-old is expected to play in Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga match against Mainz at home on Saturday.

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UEFA Champions League: Ajax vs Borussia Dortmund prediction, preview, team news, and more

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On Tuesday, Ajax will face Borussia Dortmund at the Johan Cruyff Arena in the UEFA Champions League group stage. Ajax has a 2-0 advantage over Johnny Jansen’s Heerenveen in the Eredivisie coming into this match. Erik ten Hag’s Ajax won thanks to goals from Ivory Coast international Sebastien Haller and Brazilian winger David Neres.

Borussia Dortmund, on the other side, won the Bundesliga 3-1 against Bo Svensson’s Mainz. Marco Rose’s Borussia Dortmund won the match with an early first-half goal from seasoned attacker Marco Reus and a second-half brace from Norwegian sensation Erling Braut Haaland. Mainz’s consolation goal was scored by young forward Jonathan Burkardt.

Borussia Dortmund vs. Ajax Head-to-Head

Borussia Dortmund has won two games and Ajax has won two in the four head-to-head meetings between the two sides. The two clubs last met in the UEFA Champions League in 2013, when Borussia Dortmund defeated Ajax 4-1. Borussia Dortmund won thanks to goals from German strikers Marco Reus and Mario Gotze, as well as a brace from Polish striker Robert Lewandowski. Ajax’s consolation goal was scored by Danny Hoesen, a Dutch striker.

Ajax form guide in the Eredivisie: W-L-W-W-W
Borussia Dortmund form guide in the Bundesliga: W-W-L-W-W

Team News for Ajax vs. Borussia Dortmund

Ajax

Ajax will be without Suriname international Sean Klaiber as well as veteran Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who is suspended, and Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana. There are no reported difficulties aside from that, and manager Erik ten Hag should have a completely healthy squad at his disposal.

Injured: Maarten Stekelenburg, Sean Klaiber
Doubtful: None
Suspended: Andre Onana

Borussia Dortmund

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund is dealing with a number of injuries. Mateu Morey, a talented Spanish right-back, Raphael Guerreiro, a Portugal international, and Youssoufa Moukoko, a youthful attacker, will be unavailable for manager Marco Rose.

Midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, experienced left-back Marcel Schmelzer, United States of America international Giovanni Reyna, and French center-back Dan-Axel Zagadou are all doubtful.

Injured: Raphael Guerreiro, Youssoufa Moukoko, Mateu Morey
Doubtful: Dan-Axel Zagadou, Giovanni Reyna, Marcel Schmelzer, Mahmoud Dahoud
Suspended: None

Ajax vs Borussia Dortmund Predicted XI

Ajax Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Remko Pasveer, Noussair Mazraoui, Lisandro Martinez, Jurrien Timber, Daley Blind, Ryan Gravenberch, Mohammed Kudus, Steven Berghuis, Davy Klaassen, Dusan Tadic, Sebastien Haller

Borussia Dortmund Predicted XI (4-3-3): Gregor Kobel, Thomas Meunier, Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels, Nico Schulz, Jude Bellingham, Axel Witsel, Emre Can, Marco Reus, Erling Braut Haaland, Donyell Malen

Borussia Dortmund vs. Ajax Prediction

Ajax leads the Eredivisie table, as expected. They have won both of their Champions League group stage games so far, but Borussia Dortmund will be their most difficult opponent in terms of overall quality. Borussia Dortmund has also won both of their Champions League group stage games thus far. Marco Rose’s side will be trying to make an impact in Europe’s best club competition, led by the dynamic Erling Braut Haaland.

Both Ajax and Borussia Dortmund are known for their youth development and transfer policies. With Erik ten Hag and Marco Rose recognized as two of the top young managers in the game, fans are looking forward to this match. A competitive contest is expected, but Borussia Dortmund may be able to defeat Ajax.

Prediction: Ajax 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland scored twice beat Mainz 3-1 and go top of the Bundesliga table

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Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland scored twice beat Mainz 3-1 and go top of the Bundesliga table

On his return from injury, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland scored twice to help his club defeat Mainz 3-1 and move to the top of the Bundesliga table. The Norwegian forward, who had been out since late September, scored a penalty kick in the 54th minute after a lengthy VAR review of a handball and then scored twice in second-half stoppage time.

“It is clear he had been missing in our team,” said Dortmund captain Marco Reus. “It is important that he plays because he constantly keeps two or three players occupied. To score two goals on his comeback is top. That is why we signed him.”

The hosts were off to a flying start, with captain Marco Reus thumping in a deflected cutback in the third minute to give them the lead. It was Reus’ 14th goal against Mainz in 20 outings, the highest against any Bundesliga team.

Dortmund possessed three-quarters of possession in a tense first half but had to wait nearly the entire half for another chance, which came in stoppage time when a Jude Bellingham shot was cleared off the line.

Dortmund didn’t have to wait long to extend their lead after dominating the first half and being on the front foot from the start. Following a lengthy VAR review for handball against Silvan Widmer, Haaland won and converted a penalty shortly after Aaron Martin diverted a Meunier cross just wide. Karim Onisiwo threatened retaliation, but after avoiding the offside trap, he couldn’t make his tough lobbed attempt on goal.

As the game progressed, Mats Hummels deflected a Reus corner against the far post, before Jean-Paul Boetius pushed Gregor Kobel into a strong reaction save with a long-range drive. Following a miscued Kobel clearance, Mainz substitute Jonathan Burkardt reduced the areas, but Haaland tucked away a pass from Jude Bellingham to seal the deal in extended time with his 49th Bundesliga goal in as many games.

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Premier League: Chelsea returned to the top of the table after a 1-0 victory over Brentford

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Premier League: Chelsea returned to the top of the table after a 1-0 victory over Brentford

It wasn’t an exaggeration to call it a siege. Chelsea had taken the lead on the stroke of half-time thanks to Ben Chilwell’s magnificent goal, but it was Brentford who posed all the questions – with growing urgency – as the frenetic game neared its conclusion.

How did Thomas Frank’s team fail to get an equalizer on his third anniversary as manager of the club? They deserved one without a doubt. The solution lay somewhere between terrible luck, poor finishing, and the brilliance of Chelsea goalkeeper Édouard Mendy, who refused to be beaten.

When Ivan Toney was denied by Mendy in 73 minutes, it sparked the start of a slow-burning contest. Brentford pressed forward, stuffing numbers into Chelsea’s box and putting all they had at them. The visitors were out of breath. “The last 20 minutes were pretty much torture on earth,” Chilwell added.

Bryan Mbeumo dragged a shot against the post like he had done in the first half, after being played in by Marcus Forss, who made a difference. It was then over to Mendy as Chelsea panicked, their vaunted defensive structure in shambles, with Thomas Tuchel admitting that it appeared as if Brentford had an extra player.

He made a one-on-one save to deny another substitution, Saman Ghoddos, before Brentford came near in the second half, with Christian Nrgaard pushing a shot towards goal only to be cleared off the line by Trevoh Chalobah.

The best was yet to come from Mendy. When Pontus Jansson threatened, he sprinted off his line to make himself big, the shot slamming him in the face and soaring away, and at the end, when the excellent Nrgaard finessed an acrobatic effort, Mendy flung up a hand to tip the game over.

The home crowd chanted, “We’re going to score in a minute.” It was engrossing viewing, demonstrating Brentford’s determination and belief. Chelsea had only conceded three goals in the Premier League this season, and they had created few chances in many of their games. This is not the case.

Brentford, on the other hand, we’re unable to score, failing to follow up their home triumph over Arsenal and the high-intensity draw with Liverpool with a memorable outcome. Chelsea was put through a lot, but thanks to Mendy, they were able to pull through.

Romelu Lukaku failed to make an impression in the game, touching the ball only 18 times before being replaced on 77 minutes, while Timo Werner seemed as if he could have played all night and not scored. Both of them were too isolated, especially as Chelsea became increasingly frantic to safeguard what they had as the game progressed.

Chelsea, on the other hand, wiggled their way to the desired outcome, leapfrogging Liverpool and returning to the top of the standings. It had a streaky appearance. It was unattractive. It made the points taste a little sweeter.

Frank was ecstatic. He needed to be. Brentford had limited the European champions to five shots, only one of which was on target, he said. He mentioned the five “100% opportunities” that went unfulfilled near the end. How had his team outperformed opponents who boasted five Ballon d’Or nominations? “It’s insane,” Frank added. But it didn’t take away the annoyance.

“There should only be one winner in the game and that is us,” Frank said. “It’s so painful. It burns in your body. Mendy was absolutely world-class. He has been crazy good for Chelsea.”

Chelsea had the majority of the opening 70 minutes under control, but without setting a strong tone. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who Tuchel employed in front of a defensive three that included Malang Sarr, who was making his league debut, offered the most intriguing aspects of their performance. He was given credit for his efforts.

Loftus-Cheek possesses physicality, but it’s his finesse that catches the eye: his dashes past opponents, his speed on his feet, especially when surrounded by guys. He had moments when he was nearly hypnotic.

If Mbeumo’s shot on 22 minutes had gone in instead of hitting the post, the game might have ended differently. Toney had come close with a header just moments before. When Nrgaard returned to Mbeumo, Ethan Pinnock rose to meet a Sergi Canós cross, and the chance was on. He got really close, but not quite close enough.

From that point until halftime, Chelsea was a shaky attacking force. Lukaku was ruled offside after turning home a Werner cross; Mateo Kovacic’s deflected free-kick floated over, and Werner had a couple of flashes when he might have done better. After a Lukaku lay-off, he sidefooted high and then attempted to pass to his strike partner rather than fire when well-placed. The execution was not up to par.

When César Azpilicueta crossed the ball, Lukaku tussled with Jansson, and Chilwell cut across a first-time shot, the ball flew past David Raya. Brentford’s shouts would be heard after that.

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