Kevin de Bruyne's new deal at Manchester City is believed to 'set the tone' for what Etihad officials may be willing to offer Borussia Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Haaland this summer, according to the latest reports.
The Belgium international signed a two-year extension to his current deal at the Etihad Stadium this week, taking him through to 2025 - which would be the year that could mark a decade of service from De Bruyne in Sky Blue.
Information from some corners highlighted that during talks between Kevin de Bruyne and key Manchester City officials over a new deal, the two parties also discussed the transfer targets and plans for the upcoming summer transfer window.
The latest reports suggest how this new deal could impact the way Manchester City approach their pursuit of their number one striker target this summer - Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland.
According to Dean Jones of Eurosport, Kevin De Bruyne’s new salary - which some have reported to have seen a small rise from the previous £300,000-a-week agreement - will 'set the tone' for what Manchester City might be willing to offer Erling Haaland in any talks with the 20-year-old Norway international.
Manchester City fans were hit with a minor setback in terms of their hopes of seeing Haaland in Sky Blue this summer, as manager Pep Guardiola recently labelled a possible pursuit of a new centre-forward as “impossible”, due to the finances that some clubs are demanding for big names.
However, speaking prior to Tuesday night’s victory over Haaland's Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg, Guardiola backtracked slightly on his hardline approach, stating that spending in excess of £100 million is something fans could "maybe" see from the club in the future.
In addition to Erling Haaland, Manchester City are understood to have other options - with some of these names at the very high-end bracket in terms of asking prices, while others would be considered cheaper options, including the likes of Benfica's Darwin Nunez and Southampton's Danny Ings.
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