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Manchester City Identify This Bundesliga Forward As Their Primary Target: Dream Signing For Pep?

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In a recent report, The Telegraph has claimed that Manchester City have identified Erling Haaland as their primary target this summer. It is believed that the Mancunian outfit are looking to find a long-term successor to Sergio Aguero and consider the Norwegian center-forward as their priority option for this summer transfer window (via The Telegraph).

Haaland’s Excellent Form At Signal Iduna Park This Season

The Leeds-born frontman is having another outstanding campaign at Dortmund where he has firmly established his reputation as one of the most feared strikers in world football. Haaland has banged in 33 goals and provided eight assists in 31 appearances for the German outfit this term across all fronts.

The Norwegian goal-getter has also been productive with his offensive contributions as he is averaging 3.2 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in this Bundesliga campaign. The 20-year-old’s numbers have gone up in Europe based on his average of 4.0 shots, 1.5 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in the UEFA Champions League (stats via whoscored).

If Dortmund ends up missing out on Champions League football for next season, it is quite likely that Haaland would want to leave which could open the door for Man City to bring him to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Manchester City identify Haaland as their primary target (Haaland is in action in the picture)
BV Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha BSC Berlin – 1. Bundesliga Dortmund, Deutschland, 13.03.2021: Lukas Kluenter Hertha BSC und Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund im zweikampf bei dem Spiel der 1. Bundesliga zwischen BV Borussia Dortmund und Hertha BSC Berlin im Signal Iduna Park am 13. Maerz 2021 in Dortmund. Foto von Alex Gottschalk/POOL DFB / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO. Dortmund Signal Iduna Park North Rhine-Westphalia Deutschland *** BV Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha BSC Berlin 1 Bundesliga Dortmund, Germany, 13 03 2021 Lukas Kluenter Hertha BSC and Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund in a duel during the match of the 1 Bundesliga between BV Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC Berlin at Signal Iduna Park on 13 March 2021 in Dortmund Photo by Alex Gottschalk POOL DFB DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND OR QUASI VIDEO Dortmund Signal Iduna Park North Rhine Westphalia Germany Poolfoto Alex Gottschalk/POOL ,EDITORIAL USE ONLY

What Are The Norway International’s Strengths?

Haaland can use his quickness and power to lose his marker with ease in the final third. He is proficient at generating a yard of space for himself to get a shot in at goal and has also got the vision to play a decisive pass to set-up a goal-scoring chance for one of his teammates.

The eight-time Norway international is a deadly finisher in front of the opponent’s goal and can be a dominant force in the air as he can utilize his solid 1.94m frame to get the better of his marker inside the penalty area. At 20, he will only get better with age and could potentially become a Ballon d’Or winner someday.

Will Haaland Be A Dream Signing For Man City?

Haaland is a generational talent and that would make him a dream signing for any top club in Europe, including Man City. The Norwegian sensation is in for a very promising future in European football and will undeniably add a lot of goals to Pep Guardiola’s attack if Man City can get a deal done for him in this off-season. Haaland will also be an upgrade over the inconsistent, Gabriel Jesus and could serve as a perfect long-term successor to Aguero who is edging closer towards the end of his Man City career.

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