According to the Mirror’s Simon Mullock, Manchester City are still 'desperate' to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland this summer, despite a recent statement from Pep Guardiola revealing that the club will not be paying the staggering transfer fee associated with the striker.
The club are reportedly prepared to use the sell-on clause inserted into Jadon Sancho's Borussia Dortmund contract, as a £15 million 'bargaining chip' in any bidding war with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United for the Norwegian forward.
According to the report, the Etihad club are so 'determined' to sign Erling Haaland this summer that a source at the club has revealed that they are "not actively pursuing" Lionel Messi any more.
Thus focusing their efforts this summer on signing the Haaland, whose recent goal scoring record has launched himself to the top of the shopping list for Europe’s richest clubs.
As per the Mirror’s report, Manchester City will strive to not go against their rigid wage structure.
Recents reports have stated that Erling Haaland’s influential agent Mino Raiola could be demanding upwards of £600,000-a-week from any club that wanted to sign the 20 year-old.
If accepted, that salary would make Erling Haaland Manchester City’s highest paid player by a country mile, almost doubling the current highest earners in Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero - who are believed to be currently earning approximately £300,000 per week.
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