Pep Guardiola’s old friend emerges as a key player in Man City’s pursuit of Erling Haaland – Alex Brotherton

Manchester City completed the signing of Argentine jewel Julián Álvarez on deadline day, the first striker to sign for the club since Gabriel Jesús five years ago.

Capturing the 22-year-old striker for £14.1m is a good deal for City, who sold Ferran Torres to Barcelona earlier this month for £46.7m.

The moves mean that City now have an extra £30m in their transfer kit, and with Álvarez seen as a promising player for the future, Pep Guardiola’s side are still in the market for an elite striker.

The man City want to fill the job is Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, one of the best attacking players in the world despite being just 21 years old.

City are set to fight for the Norwegian international, with Real Madrid and Barcelona the other main potential suitors. Haaland is believed personally to be in favor of a move to Madrid, although City are confident they can convince the striker to join them at the Etihad Stadium.

Now, after a typically hectic transfer deadline for many of Europe’s top clubs, City may have taken the lead in the race to sign Haaland without doing much at all.

That’s because Barcelona, ​​whose president Joan Laporta has previously stated he will try to sign Haaland, signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a last-minute deal on deadline day.

While the deal has yet to be made official, it is understood that Aubameyang and Arsenal reached an agreement to terminate his contract after a falling out between him and former City player Mikel Arteta, allowing the Gabon international to sign with Barça as a free agent. .

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The signing of Aubameyang means that Xavi now has 10 attackers in his squad, raising the question of whether they would have the space or the finances to sign Haaland in the summer.

In the case of Real Madrid, the increased chances of signing Kylian Mbappé for free muddy the waters.

The French forward’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the season, meaning he is free to sign a pre-contractual agreement with any club of his choice.

It is the worst kept secret in football that he and Real Madrid love each other and, according to imagean agreement has already been reached between the two parties.

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At least from a financial perspective, there is no reason why Los Blancos can’t bring Mbappé for free and sign Haaland as well.

However, trying to get Karim Benzema, Mbappe and Haaland into the same starting XI seems like a task that even a manager as experienced as Carlo Ancelotti would struggle to pull off. Too many cooks and all that.

Of course, neither of those scenarios completely rules out Barcelona or Real Madrid from the race to sign Haaland, far from it. But given his decision to shop around in the meantime while City have signed a young striker who may not join the club until the end of the year, one wonders if Haaland could start to see City as the team he wants to do. his priority.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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