Manchester City released Sergio Aguero over the summer and tried to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur without success, so they’ve been on the hunt for a striker for months now.
One player Pep Guardiola would love at the Etihad Stadium is Erling Haaland, but AS (h/t Sport Witness) say Real Madrid will provide stiff competition as they’re searching for Karim Benzema’s long-term replacement.
Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal from RB Salzburg and has gone on to make 69 appearances in all competitions, scoring 70 goals with 19 assists. His market value is £135m and wage demands are around £30m-a-year/£576k-per-week, so he won’t come cheap.
The 21-year-old has scored 13 goals in 10 games across the board this season, so it’s no surprise City and Real are battling for his signature. AS say Haaland may prefer the Santiago Bernabeu despite his father’s links with City, so Guardiola might have to turn his attentions elsewhere again.
That being said, Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola doesn’t have a positive relationship with Real president Florentino Perez, so it’s not 100% guaranteed that the Norwegian international moves to Spain.