Manchester City are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. The club coached by Pep Guardiola was even willing to pay Haaland a fantastic amount.
The CBS Sport report claims The Citizens will pay for Haaland’s services for £500,000 per week, or the equivalent of approximately Rp9.3 billion. This figure will bring Haaland into the ranks of the highest-paid players in the Premier League.
According to rumors, Manchester City have reached a personal agreement with Haaland and his agent. The club at the top of the Premier League standings only needs to melt Die Borussen’s heart to ensure Haaland’s move to the Etihad.
Haaland is indeed one of the most coveted players in world football today. His expertise on the gridiron can be seen from the number of goals he has scored. The Norwegian player has managed to find the net 25 times from a total of 26 matches this season.
However, Arsenal legend and Sky TV expert Paul Merson does not agree with the steps taken by Manchester City. He believes that Guardiola’s squad should try to recruit Harry Kane instead of Erling Haaland.
Merson fears Haaland will be in the same situation as Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea. The 54-year-old former player thinks Haaland may not fit the Citizens’ style of play.
For information, Romelu Lukaku has just moved to Stamford Bridge in August 2021. He was sent home from Inter Milan with a dowry of 97 million pounds. Unfortunately, Lukaku has not been able to duplicate his good performance with the Nerazzurri. The Mirror reports that the Belgian has only managed to score five goals in the Premier League.
“Signing Erling Haaland by City would not make them (a club) unstoppable – I would prefer them to sign Harry Kane. Kane is the better player in my opinion,” he wrote in the Daily Star, as reported by the Mirror.
“Haaland (indeed) is lightning fast, but Kane is a proven versatile player in this league and you know he (Kane) will bring you success.”
Furthermore, Paul Merson did not deny Haaland’s speed and slick finishing. However, he doubts the player will be able to perform optimally at the Etihad. Merson thinks Haaland could have the same problem as Romelu Lukaku.
“Both of them (Haaland and Lukaku) are players who need space to attack. At Chelsea and City, it just doesn’t exist. This (condition) will not be easy for Haaland. He probably thinks he can score 30 goals for them (City) easily. (However), I’m not so sure,” said Merson.
Haaland is not a cheap player. Although only 21 years old, the former Red Bull Salzburg player has recorded a good record and performance with his club. He also has a release clause of £63 million at Borussia Dortmund.
A number of top teams are known to have shown an interest in Haaland. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are among the clubs that have been linked with the Norway international. Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United (MU) were previously interested in bringing in Haaland.
Reporting from Metro, any club can actually move to trigger Haaland’s release clause. However, the contract deals that Manchester City are currently offering put him in pole position to secure the player’s signature.
As for Haaland’s contract with Borussia Dortmund, it still lasts until June 2024. The Daily Mail claims the club seems to hope that Erling Haaland is willing to extend the contract for one year. However, Manchester City are quite confident in the transfer potential of the player.
Pep Guardiola’s Response
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been reluctant to comment on Erling Haaland’s potential move to the Etihad. The Spanish manager also admitted that he had not thought about next season.
“There is no answer to your question (regarding Haaland). I have no worries about what (will) happen with this club next season,” said Guardiola some time ago, as reported by Liputan6.com.
Furthermore, Guardiola admitted that his squad was used to playing without a pure striker. Therefore, he refused to discuss the transfer of Haaland in the middle of this season’s game.
“We played without a striker. I don’t know what will happen in the future. Since many years, I have never spoken about transfers, especially when we are still playing this season,” concluded the 51-year-old coach.