A long form report from Norwegian newspaper VG this weekend has sounded out information from across the football world to gain more of an insight into where Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland could end up this summer.
At the top of the article is of course, Manchester City. Etihad officials have reportedly made the 20 year-old striker their number one target in the summer window, and with Sergio Aguero set to leave the club upon the expiry of his contract, there is a sense of urgency to secure their priority name.
VG spoke with Times Sport journalist Paul Hirst, to get a bit of an understanding into the feeling around Manchester City and the likelihood of this deal actually happening over the course of the next few months.
Speaking on the club's position on the Borussia Dortmund forward, Hirst tol VG, "City have made a list of strikers who can replace Sergio Agüero as their spearhead. Haaland tops that list."
He continued, and was asked to rank the possibility of the transfer coming to fruition on a scale of 1 to 10. Hirst said, "7, but they may have to wait until the summer of 2022 to sign him, because that is when his [release] clause comes into force. They will hardly want to pay a wild sum this summer."
"Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Haaland and has a brilliant CV when it comes to developing young players. There is reason to believe that this will be appealing to Haaland", Hirst closed.
The latest on Erling Haaland came from ESPN last week, who claimed that Borussia Dortmund have set their valuation of the player at €180 million - a hardline tactic used with Jadon Sancho last summer, designed to warn Europe's heavyweights off making a bid.
As for the latest surrounding Manchester City and their pursuit of the player specifically, ESPN also reported that the club are ‘surprised’ at the optimistic reports in Spain regarding Barcelona and Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Erling Haaland, as they believe they are in a 'stronger position' to make a move.
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