Manchester City made contact with Erling Haaland’s father as recently as a couple of weeks ago, according to reports in the English media.
Alf Inge Haaland is, of course, a former City player and it seems the club have already held discussions with the 48-year-old, who is also his son’s representative.
It does appear, therefore, that the Citizens have stepped up their interest in Haaland, with the Manchester club fully aware of the stiff competition they may face from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
With the financial resources available to them, combined with their close connection with the player’s agent, it would suggest City are in the driving seat, but there are a number of other factors in play.
Although not officially his agent, Mino Raiola’s involvement could complicate matters, and Dortmund’s reported €150m (£129m) asking price may also prove problematic, considering it would double City’s current transfer record.