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An expert has explained why he would be ‘surprised and annoyed’ if Erling Haaland joined Manchester City this summer, citing a problem involving manager Pep Guardiola.
City recently became the frontrunners to sign Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in a deal that could rise to £ 100 million. Real Madrid have long been on the striker’s trail, although they now appear to be prioritizing Kylian Mbappe.
However, an update on Monday question Haaland’s move to the Etihad. According to Daily starit will actually cost Town about 300 million pounds to land the Norwegian.
It includes his £ 63m exit clause, £ 33m-per-year salary, bonuses and massive agent fees. The city has an enormous wealth at their disposal, but can be deterred by this astronomical sum.
Guardiola has operated without a recognized striker during this period, instead of using Phil Foden or Jack Grealish in a false nine role. The foot has been particularly impressive there and found the net in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Southampton.
City are reportedly looking at Haaland to become Sergio Aguero’s successor ahead. But former German national team player Markus Babbel believes the 21-year-old should stay in Dortmund.
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“This move would really surprise and annoy me. Guardiola does not really like center-forwards,” said Babbel Sky Germany (via SportWitness).
‘I would rather say he should stay in Dortmund. He could develop better there because Haaland also has to play. Whether that would be the case with Guardiola, I do not know.
“Previously, everyone played the mid-forward position there, but no trained striker. Even top strikers like [Sergio] Aguero gold [Gabriel] Jesus did not play regularly in the City. I think the striker Guardiola wants is not born yet.
“In addition, City play in an extremely dominant way. Haaland still has to learn it, even on such a team that has little space, to play out his dynamics and find ways to score his goals.
Pep Guardiola reacts to City victory
After the 4-1 victory at St Mary’s, said Guardiola: “We started well the first 20 to 25 minutes, but in the last 15 of the first half we forgot to play.
“We knew it was going to be tough because Southampton are one of the best and most organized teams we face all season.
“They push you with incredible intensity, but the goal we cashed in was a consequence of us forgetting to play.
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“The second half was much better, both personally and in terms of play. They had one chance for Che Adams, 2-1, but the quality of our players up front made the difference.
“It was not a pleasant victory, but now we are entering the international break, which is two months left of the season, and we are in three tournaments – the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the top of the league. We know that each match is a final and we knew it was important not to lose today. “
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