Man City ‘will go ALL OUT to land Erling Haaland next summer and the English champions have already made contact with Dortmund star’s team over a move… but they will face a serious challenge from cash-strapped Barcelona for the Norwegian’
- Manchester City will reportedly go all out to land Erling Haaland next summer
- The English champions are desperate for a centre forward to add to the squad
- Haaland, 21, has attracted significant interest from clubs across the continent
- According to Sport, City will make a serious attempt to land the Norwegian star
- They can expect to be challenged by cash-strapped Barcelona for Haaland
Manchester City are determined to land Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund next summer, with reports in Spain suggesting the English champions have already made contact with his representatives.
City have been in the market for a centre forward for some time and failed in their bid to land England captain Harry Kane last summer, with Tottenham steadfastly refusing all approaches for their star man.
The Premier League leaders’ need for a striker was further strengthened this week following the £55million sale of Ferran Torres to Barcelona.
The Spaniard is versatile and can operate across the front three, leaving Pep Guardiola with no recognised centre forward.
Manchester City will reportedly go all out to sign Erling Haaland from Dortmund next summer
The Norwegian, 21, has attracted significant interest after scoring 76 goals in 75 games
And according to Sport, City are going to make a serious attempt to land Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in the coming summer window.
The Norwegian hotshot has attracted interest from a plethora of Europe’s top clubs, with his 76 goals in 75 games for Dortmund a clear sign that he will be at the top of elite football for years to come.
City were interested in a move for the striker – son of former City star Alf-Inge Haaland – last summer but, like Spurs with Kane, the Germans refused to consider any bids.
City boss Pep Guardiola is desperate for a new striker and Haaland is top of his wishlist
However, from next summer Haaland will be available for a cut-price fee of £64m, a sum that City are more than capable of stumping up and the Spanish report suggests that the club have already made contact with the Norwegian’s representatives.
City will face stern competition for Haaland’s signature, though. Barcelona are also in the mix to land the 21-year-old and it is reported that they will put up a serious challenge to prise him from the English club’s clutches, despite their alarming financial predicament.
Earlier this month, Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola name-checked the Premier League champions as the Norwegian’s potential next destination.
‘Erling can and will take the next step,’ said Raiola. ‘Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, City — these are the big clubs he can go to.
However, cash-strapped Barcelona are expected to mount a serious challenge for Haaland
City have reportedly opened talks with Haaland’s representatives (pictured: the Norwegian’s agent, Mino Raiola)
‘City have won the championship five times in the last few years, much more than United.’
Boss Pep Guardiola would not be drawn on Raiola’s comments. ‘Next question,’ said the City boss when asked recently.
Raiola stopped short of confirming Haaland has a £64million release clause coming into effect in 2022, yet plans discussions with Dortmund’s hierarchy in the new year.
The Italian super-agent is working with the player’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland, who spent three years at City at the turn of the century.
‘We will tell Dortmund what our idea is and they will tell us their ideas,’ Raiola added.
‘But no decision will be made in the winter. We always have very open communication with Dortmund.’