Reports last month suggested that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had identified Erling Haaland as his top target ahead of the summer transfer window. Reports also suggested that Manchester City had agreed on personal terms with the Norwegian forward.
The Norwegian forward is one of the most sought after players ahead of the summer transfer window. The forward has a 75m euros release clause that activates this summer. Football giants across Europe including Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Barcelona are all keen to land the 21-year-old.
Despite missing a major chunk of the season due to an injury setback. Haaland has still a brilliant record in front of the goal. He recently recorded a hattrick in the 4-3 loss against VfL Bochum. He has recorded an impressive 28 goals and eight assists in 28 appearances across all competitions this term. (stats via Transfermarkt)
Erling Haaland to Manchester City nearly “done”
Journalist Mario Cortegana talking to the Four Amigos Podcast (via Bernabeu Digital) about Erling Haaland’s move to Manchester City claimed that the deal is “done”. He said:
“Everything is being prepared to close now. Haaland is done, is the message that is given from Manchester City.”
He also added that Real Madrid can still swoop in for the forward. But the deal seems to be very unlikely at the moment. The factors pushing the deal back are the impressive form of French forward Karim Benzema for Real Madrid this term. The second important factor is the sad demise of the Norwegian’s agent Mino Raiola.
Can Erling Haaland push Manchester City even further?
Manchester City have done exceptionally this term despite not playing with a recognised number nine. The only striker at the club currently Gabriel Jesus looks set to be on the verge of an exit from the club in the summer. Erling Haaland and Julián Álvarez are set to be the club’s striker pairing for the next season and for the seasons to come.
Haaland would certainly feast upon the creative lineup Manchester City have assembled over the years. The likes of Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden would create a handful of opportunities for the Norwegian forward every game. It could certainly help Manchester City reach the next level even after the heights Pep Guardiola has set in recent seasons.
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