As we edge into April and move closer towards the highly-anticipated summer transfer window, transfer stories are beginning to heat up with several of the biggest reports surrounding Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.
In the latest episode of the Here We Go podcast with Fabrizio Romano, the Italian journalist provided Manchester City fans with several key pieces of information on four of the biggest stories surrounding the club - including Erling Haaland and Sergio Aguero.
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Romano opened by providing some behind the scenes information as to what went on during talks between the club and the player.It is claimed that after 'three or four months waiting' for Manchester City to provide an update on his future, Aguero ultimately understood that the club were planning for 'something different' during the summer market. It is stated that at no point did the striker receive any bids from the club to extend his contract, although he was happy to wait, as he wanted to show respect due to the love he has for the club.
During conversations with Pep Guardiola, Romano states that both parties wanted to clarify Sergio Aguero's future before end of season, to give him plenty of time to find new club and plan for his new life after a decade in Manchester.
In terms of the next steps for Sergio Aguero, Fabrizio Romano covers all the bases, and takes a look at the stance of the major suitors that have been reported throughout European media.
On Juventus, it is reaffirmed that the Old Lady have not moved to sign the player, and are not in any negotiations. Barcelona on the other hand are pushing for the striker, and certainly remain one of the options - it is suggested that the Camp Nou club are talking with people close to Sergio Aguero to try and find an agreement. As for Ligue 1 giants PSG, it is claimed by Romano that they have asked to understand his salary demands, as they are exploring situation.
In short, as rounded up on the Here We Go podcast, Barcelona are more serious, Juventus are so quiet, there is nothing involving Manchester United, while it is 'impossible today' for Independiente due to the player's desire to remain in Europe. Finally, there is nothing involving Chelsea, who are believed to have different priorities in the striker position this summer.
For many of Europe's major clubs this summer, Borussia Dortmund's Norwegian forward will be at the very top of their transfer wish list. With Manchester City, the feeling is that Pep Guardiola's side are planning to sign an 'important or top striker' this summer.
While Fabrizio Romano reaffirms that the Etihad hierarchy 'appreciate' some profiles of strikers, Erling Haaland is described as 'the dream'. City will decide at the end of the season who their top choice of striker will be to pursue at the highest intensity.
Despite suggestions that the Italian midfielder would be a potential option for Manchester City in the upcoming window, Fabrizio Romano reports that Etihad officials are not planning to make a bid, or to start a "fight or battle" with Juventus for the player.
Although Manchester City "appreciate the player for the future", they know Juventus are leading the race for the player - and as such, Romano states that City will look for something different.
Moving on to the final update surrounding Manchester City, and it's another of the club's back-up options to Erling Haaland this summer.
However, Fabrizio Romano reiterates that Tottenham do not want to lose Harry Kane this summer, and if a club wanted to sign the forward, it would require 'something big' in terms of the initial transfer fee, the contract, and commission.
It is reported that in coming months, Tottenham intend to talk with the player about his contract and will fight to keep their star forward. With that being said however, it is clarified that there is interest from Manchester City, however negotiations would be a 'top fight'.
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