The Lowdown: City chasing striker signing…
The Sky Blues’ latest triumph, a hard-fought 1-0 victory away to Everton, wasn’t pretty on the eye but comes as a huge three points as Pep Guardiola’s side maintain their position at the top of the Premier League.
Phil Foden’s opportunistic close-range finish in the final 10 minutes was enough to seal a precious Goodison Park win and extend the gap between City and title rivals Liverpool to six points.
Surviving a late handball scare, Guardiola’s men arguably could have put the game to bed before that point, with the English champions having been denied on numerous occasions by Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford.
City have been superb again this season with their use of the false nine system, but a prolific, world class striker with physical presence up front could be the final missing piece of the jigsaw.
As such, the club and sporting director Txiki Begiristain have been tipped by reliable sources to sign a forward as Bild share the latest update on Haaland.
The Latest: Man City turn attention to Haaland…
According to the German source, City have now turned their attention to signing the Dortmund superstar after cooling interest in Harry Kane, who the Citizens believe is joining bitter rivals Manchester United.
Furthermore, in a promising claim, Begiristain and co can offer Haaland ‘exactly what he wants’ in the form of title contention and can ‘easily’ pay his €35m (£29.4m) per year wage demands and his €75m (£63m) release clause.
The Verdict: Get it done…
Rated at around £135m by Transfermarkt, the fact that City can sign him for lesss than half of that amount due to his clause makes this move a real no-brainer.
Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola, who also represents ex-City fan favourite Mario Balotelli, could be a slight obstacle given his and Guardiola’s disdain for one another over the years, but a compromise to sign the Norway star simply must be struck.
The 21-year-old’s 16 goals and six assists in just 14 Bundesliga appearances this season highlight that he is a menace in the final third, and Haaland’s towering 6 foot 4 stature comes as an added bonus.
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk heaped praise on the ‘special’ forward late last year, and it’s safe to say that he could come as a mega signing for the Sky Blues.
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