According to Spanish outlet Sport, Manchester City are planning to go all out in the pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland next summer.
The Sky Blues were on the hunt for a striker to replace Sergio Aguero in the summer. They were very much interested in recruiting Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, but chairman Daniel Levy was reluctant to let his star man leave for a rival club.
Following the unsuccessful pursuit of Harry Kane, Manchester City have been linked with a number of strikers across Europe in recent months, including Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic. And having recently lost Ferran Torres to Barcelona, Pep Guardiola’s club have made Erling Haaland a top priority, reports Sport.
Erling Haaland, 21, has been banging goals left, right and centre for Borussia Dortmund since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020. Despite enduring an injury-hit 2021/22 campaign, he has netted 13 goals and assisted a further five times in 11 Bundesliga appearances to date. A fortnight ago, the 21-year-old ended a fine year with a brace in Dortmund’s 3-0 league victory over Greuther Furth.
The Norwegian international is one of the hottest prospects in world football and there is a big queue of clubs wanting to sign him from Dortmund. The report adds Haaland has a release clause in his contract until June 30 that would allow him to negotiate with any club he wants, making this operation a suitable one for Manchester City.
Man City have already made serious contacts with the striker and his entourage over a possible move in the summer of 2022. Dortmund have made it clear that they will not sell the Norwegian goal-machine in the January transfer window. Instead, they have made a contract renewal offer, although the youngster has shown no signs of accepting it, the report further adds.
The report concludes by stating that Barcelona are also keen on Haaland as they view him as a ‘strategic signing’ and are preparing an estimated figure the operation can cost. So, Pep Guardiola and Man City already know they have a clear competitor in Barcelona for Haaland.