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Manchester City Have Advantage In The Race To Land This Superstar: Big Boost For Guardiola?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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The Daily Star has recently reported that Manchester City have an advantage in the race to land Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland. It has been stated that the Norwegian frontman could pen a new boot deal with Man City’s kit sponsors, Puma which could give them an edge in the chase to secure the talented striker’s services next year.

Haaland’s Incredible Numbers In German Football This Season

Haaland has already put in a series of mesmerizing displays as the focal point of Borussia Dortmund’s attack. The 21-year-old has found the back of the net on 11 occasions and grabbed four assists in eight matches for the German outfit this season across all fronts.

The Leeds-born marksman has proven himself to be a world-class centre-forward at Signal Iduna Park by averaging 5.2 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga. However, he has to figure out a way to improve his link-up play, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 70.8% in the top tier of German football (stats via whoscored).

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DORTMUND, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 19: Erling Haaland of Dortmund celebrates his 2-0 goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Union Berlin at Signal Iduna Park on September 19, 2021 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Erling Haaland Could Sign New Boot Deal With Puma: Big Boost For Pep Guardiola?

Haaland has transformed himself into one of the best finishers in European football. He can score goals for fun in the final third and can use his 1.94m frame to outjump his marker and win some headers for his team. The Norwegian striker is getting better with each season, so Man City will do well to win the race to recruit him at the end of this campaign.

As long as Haaland can work on improving his passing accuracy, he should have no problem settling into Pep Guardiola‘s style of play in English football. There is no doubt that the Dortmund star will add a lot of firepower to Man City’s attacking department.

Haaland is a generational talent, so the fact that he could pen a new deal with Puma will be a massive boost for the Mancunian giants and their chances of landing the promising forward. Hence, it makes sense for Guardiola to test Dortmund’s resolve by launching a big-money move to sign Haaland next summer.

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