Erling Braut Haaland can be considered as one of the hottest properties in European football right now after his tremendous goal scoring form this season. Latest reports from the Metro conveys that Manchester City have now joined the race to sign the RB Salzburg striker. The Leeds born youngster has also attracted interest from Manchester United this season.
It is believed that City hosted Haaland’s father in last month’s 5-1 win against Atalanta at the Etihad. Alf-Inge Håland had spent three seasons with City in his playing days, and his son could also follow his footstep by joining the English outfit.
City are also in some fear of losing Gabriel Jesus as he is attracting interest from Bayern Munich. Many expected him to become the first-choice striker at the club, but Sergio Aguero is still going on strong. The future of Jesus can influence City’s decision regarding Haaland.
The Norwegian international already has 26 goals to his name in all competitions this season. He is yet to play in Europe’s top 5 leagues, but everyone is already raving about his talent. The Austrian club are reportedly seeking £86m for the forward.
What can Haaland bring to the table?
The 19-year-old has been scoring all kinds of goal, and he is a classic no. 9. Haaland stands at 6′3, but he is no slouch on the pitch as he can surprise the defenders with his pace and acceleration. He also tends to be in the right place at the right time, and like many great strikers, he just seems to be a natural goal scorer.
His hold up play is also worth mentioning, and he also seems to have the physical qualities to cope with the challenges of the Premier League. However, producing results in the Austrian league to the Premier League is a different ball game, and the jury is still out on whether he could succeed in the English top-flight for a top club.
What should Guardiola do?
Given his price tag, we think that City could afford to give Haaland a miss. Jesus is seen as a natural heir to Sergio Aguero, and it would be foolish of City to let the Brazilian leave for the Norwegian international. Aguero is still a top option, and even someone like Raheem Sterling can lead the line when required. Hence, there is no need for City to spend so much for a position where they already have quality options.
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