Manchester City are now the ‘favourite’ to sign Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, after news emerged claiming that Pep Guardiola’s side sit in ‘pole position’ for the striker.
The Lowdown: Interest in Haaland
City’s interest in the 21-year-old has been widely reported for the past few months after the club failed to secure the signing of Tottenham star Harry Kane. The Sky Blues have reportedly joined Real Madrid as the frontrunners in the race for the youngster’s signature.
Last month, Dortmund advisor Matthias Sammer admitted that he is aware that the Citizens are closely monitoring the Norwegian. He even revealed that he ‘fainted’ after hearing about the proposal that the Premier League champions are plotting.
The Latest: City’s huge boost
According to a report from Sky Sports Deutschland (via Sport Witness), Guardiola’s side have emerged as the ‘favourite’ in ‘recent weeks’ to sign the Norway international, and they are currently in ‘pole position’ to complete the transfer in the summer.
Sebastian Kehl, who is set to become Dortmund’s new sporting director, has ruled out renewal talks with the striker, although Sky have claimed that Real Madrid are still in the picture for a move for Haaland.
The Verdict: Exceptional signing
Since bursting onto the scene as a teenager after joining from Red Bull Salzburg, Haaland has gone on to attract international attention due to his emphatic goalscoring record. In just 83 matches for Dortmund, the 21-year-old has netted a sensational 80 goals.
As a result, he ranks in the 99th percentile for non-penalty goals, non-penalty expected goals and non-penalty expected goals plus expected assists among positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues (via FBRef), so it is easy to see why the likes of Arsene Wenger have labelled him a “super talent”.
Therefore, if City can get this deal over the line, it will be an exceptional signing for Guardiola’s side.
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