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Manchester City Move Forward To Sign Borussia Dortmund Striker : How Will It Play Out?

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As per a report by Sky Germany, Manchester City has emerged as the ‘favourites’ in ‘recent weeks’ to land Erling Haaland in the coming summer.

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admits his side will not be able to compete with Manchester City when it comes to keeping the goal machine at their club. The Norwegian is available this summer, and as the transfer window approaches, fans and pundits alike continue to speculate.

The transfer rumours come to an evident pause.

The Blues were in a tug of war with Real Madrid concerning the forward’s signature as the question hovered around where the Dortmund’s star’s next destination lies. The fight ended with City taking the lead as Los Blancos gave up looking at the sum involved. The whites will not be able to compete with Manchester City as they lack financially.

Pep Guardiola of Manchester City
Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-final first leg football match between Manchester City and Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on April 5, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

How will he facilitate Manchester City?

The striking sensation says he has a lot to work upon. If it is speed, he says he can become faster. If it is his strength, he says he could be stronger. Avoiding injuries at any cost is the biggest goal for the striker. Getting an opportunity to work alongside Pep Guardiola seems to appeal to him.

The 1.94m-tall forward has already scored 16 goals over 18 appearances in the league so far. He presently takes 10th place on the active scoring chart with a total of 56 goals in the Bundesliga. Bernardo Silva has scored 7 goals in 29 appearances. Phil Foden has scored the same in 22 appearances in the current season. Gabriel Jesus could be offloaded this summer window and Haaland could fit right in.

Playing for Pep Guardiola might be very demanding, and it takes almost a season for the players to adapt to his game as we’ve seen in the past. It might be difficult for the Norwegian striker to say no to Guardiola.

A £64m release clause has attracted a lot of attention to the young striker. Manchester City are in dire need of an out-and-out striker, and despite paying £100m for Jack Grealish last summer, the Etihad stadium has still been on the search. Priced out on signing the England captain Harry Kane, they have made their move towards bagging the Norwegian international because he seemed more than promising. Although this comes with a hefty sum and a huge cut for the agent.

The City’s transfer targets raise questions about the winger’s position.

With several key players to likely end their careers in Manchester city this season, Raheem sterling’s situation is the most worrisome as the question hovering around his commitment has raised doubts in the minds of the fans. Sterling’s contract expires in June 2023 and little progress has been seen in negotiating his contract over fresh terms. It has been rumoured that the winger wants to commit to the Blues although nothing has been confirmed yet.

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