Sergio Aguero’s departure last summer left Manchester City with Gabriel Jesus as the only natural centre-forward, forcing Pep Guardiola to use Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres and Phil Foden in the makeshift role.
The Premier League defending champions failed to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur, so they turned their attention to Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Sky Sports say City remain in ‘pole position’ to sign the 21-year-old when his £64m release clause is activated in the coming months and agent Mino Raiola hinted at a exit when the season is over. Haaland will ‘decide his future’ after talks with Dortmund in the next fortnight.
Haaland is already one of the best strikers in Europe that is playing for a non-elite club, having scored 76 goals with 21 assists in 76 games for Dortmund, so it’s easy to see why City want the Norwegian international so badly.
He’s bagged 12 goals in 15 caps for his country and 125 club goals at the age of 21, so Haaland could end up being one of Europe’s best-ever strikers if he continues this career trajectory.
And the fact he’ll be available for £64m is too good for City to turn down. They paid £100m for Jack Grealish and were willing to spend the same amount on Kane, so Haaland would be a snip by comparison.