AS say Pep Guardiola has ‘asked’ Manchester City to make a ‘definitive effort’ to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund – a player he called ‘fantastic’ only months ago. The Premier League leaders are desperate to replace Sergio Aguero and are making it a priority to bring in an attacker after missing out on Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Haaland is top of their list after scoring 76 goals and making 21 assists in 76 games for Dortmund (January 2020 – present). The 21-year-old has a £64m release clause that will be active at the end of the season, so a bidding war is expected in the coming months.
City aren’t the only side interested in Haaland but may have the finances to blow suitors out of the water, so they’re in pole position to procure his signature. The Norwegian international, who boasts 12 goals from 15 caps, is open to joining the Sky Blues too.
Haaland is expected to have talks with the Dortmund hierarchy in the coming weeks where his long-term future will be hashed out. His deal is up in two-and-a-half years, but the Bundesliga side may have to cash in before 2024 due to the release clause.
Dortmund want to tie Haaland down to a new deal as his value is greater than £64m, but they may not be successful.