According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Pep Guardiola has asked Manchester City to make a move for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland this summer.
Pep Guardiola wants to bring in a new striker at Manchester City following the departure of Sergio Aguero to Barcelona in June. His main priority remains Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, with City making a £100 million bid to sign him last month.
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However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is desperate to keep hold of the talisman and is in no mood to entertain any offers this summer.
While Kane continues to be linked with a move away to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City have apparently turned their focus elsewhere. They are set to meet with Borussia Dortmund for Erling Haaland at Guardiola’s request.
Haaland, 20, has become a sought-after name in Europe following his goalscoring exploits with Borussia Dortmund. He’s one of the hottest prospects in the game and is wanted by Manchester City among other elite European clubs.
The supremely-talented Norwegian has scored 57 goals in 59 games since arriving at Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 and is believed to be valued at over £150m
The Cityzens are now plotting a swoop in Dortmund, with the chairman of the City group Khalifa Al Mubarak willing to spend around £130m for the player’s transfer, Ekrem Konur tweeted. But Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc is standing firm on his decision that the Norwegian international is not for sale this summer.
Haaland still has three years left on his contract at Signal Iduna Park but has a paltry £66million release clause, which becomes active next summer. The player’s contractual situation with Dortmund in 2022 is likely to see a queue of clubs vying for his signature.
As far as Manchester City are concerned, their interest in signing Haaland doesn’t come as a surprise. There’s no doubting that Haaland would be a significant coup for Guardiola’s City, whilst representing a long-term asset at the club.
Having scored 41 goals for the Bundesliga club last season, it’s clear the former RB Salzburg man is an exceptional footballer and is only going to get better with time and experience. However with Michael Zorc reiterating that Haaland is not for sale, signing him this summer looks highly unlikely for the Sky Blues.