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Manchester City Identify Borussia Dortmund Striker As Genuine Target: Dream Signing For Guardiola?

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In a recent report, Eurosport has revealed that Manchester City have identified Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland as a genuine target as they believe that he is a multi-purpose centre-forward who would ensure that the goals do not dry up at the Etihad Stadium in the years to come. Man City can be expected to make fresh enquiries for the Norwegian international in January ahead of a potential move in the future (via Eurosport).

Haaland’s Excellent Start To This Bundesliga Campaign

The Leeds-born marksman has already made a brilliant impression at Signal Iduna Park after putting in a series of match-winning displays as the focal point of Lucien Favre’s attack. Haaland has registered 11 goals and three assists in 11 matches for the German outfit this term in multiple competitions.

The 20-year-old has given a good account of himself for Dortmund so far this season as he is averaging 3.5 shots, 1.3 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga. However, he has been a bit sloppy when linking up play with others around him because he only made 71.3% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

The Norwegian frontman has been remarkably consistent in terms of his goal-scoring in German football, so Man City will do well to lure him away from Dortmund in the future. Haaland could serve as a perfect long-term replacement to Sergio Aguero and will be considered by many as an upgrade over Gabriel Jesus at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City identify Haaland as a genuine target (Haaland is taking the shot in the picture)
Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund scores his team’s first goal past Keylor Navas of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain at Signal Iduna Park on February 18, 2020, in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Will The Norwegian Striker Bring To The Table?

Haaland boasts blistering pace and can make some promising runs with the ball in the final third. He excels at generating space for himself to get a few shots in on-target which makes him a constant menace for the opposition defenders.

The seven-time Norwegian international is also a composed finisher in front of goal and usually packs a lot of power with his strikes. He even has the strength to hold the ball up and can find the back of the net using his head as well.

Will Haaland Be A Dream Signing For Man City?

Haaland is a natural goal-scorer and would be an ideal fix to Man City’s attacking concerns in the long-run. Pep Guardiola’s men have scored just ten goals in seven matches in the Premier League which highlights just how much they have struggled in the absence of Sergio Aguero.

Even though Jesus has been enjoying a decent run of form of late, there are concerns over whether he has what it takes to be a top performer for Man City week in week out. Haaland will bring plenty of pace and goals to the Etihad Stadium and could help Guardiola win the UEFA Champions crown in the coming years. With all things considered, Haaland will be a dream signing for the Mancunian outfit if he can be tempted to make a switch to the north-west of England in the future.

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