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After settling for a 1-1 draw against West Brom, on Tuesday night, Tuesday night, Manchester City missed a golden opportunity at the Etihad and have continued to show a number of problems so far. season.
As we approach the New Year, Pep Guardiola’s men are already desperately trying to regain some ground and have not really managed to ignite the Premier League, despite their success in the Champions League.
Despite once again breaking the bank over the summer and bringing in the likes of Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias, it has been widely reported that the former Bayern Munich boss still has his sights set on strengthening his squad in January.
A team that appears to be going through a transition, we have taken a look at the names of three stars that are tied to a possible move to the Etihad in the near future.
Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund
While Erling Haaland could find himself dealing with a brief season on the sidelines with a thigh injury, there is no doubt that the surprising 20-year-old sensation will top many wish lists across Europe.
Just going from strength to strength since moving to Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg nearly 12 months ago, the Norwegian ace has proven to be one of the most clinical shooters in world football.
With Sergio Agüero’s contract coming to an end in the summer, Manchester City have been continually linked to a move for Haaland, whose father spent three years with the Premier League team between 2000-2003.
With some around Etihad feeling that Gabriel Jesus is not the man to head a new charge for the city title, he was informed by Sun. Last week, the Sky Blues have officially entered Haaland’s career and are ready to break the bank to get his signature.
Confirmed that the 20-year-old has a £ 68.7 million release clause, Haaland also lifted Europe’s Golden Boy award after scoring an impressive 27 goals in 29 appearances for Dortmund.
Marcus Thuram – Borussia Mönchengladbach
With Chelsea spending over £ 120 million to bring in Kai Havertz and Timo Werner from Germany over the summer, the Bundesliga has undoubtedly become a veritable breeding ground for some of Europe’s biggest young stars.
Along with Haaland who continues to win a string of fans in rural Germany, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram has really burst onto the scene and the 23-year-old is rumored to have caught the eye of Guardiola.
The son of former French World Cup winner and Les Blues icon Lilian Thuram, the speedy forward played a vital role as Gladbach secured his spot in this year’s Champions League knockout stage and a showdown with Manchester City. .
Now a full-fledged French international after making his own debut for champions Didier Deschamps earlier in the year, Dutch departure IMAGE reported last month that the Sky Blues are in a three-way battle with Real Madrid and Juventus to secure Thuram’s signature.
Thuram has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in world football since his £ 8 million signing from French Guingamp last summer, where he scored 14 goals and registered nine assists in 39 games last season.
Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan
While Lautaro Martínez could have largely played the role of Romelu Lukaku’s partner this season, the Argentine ace has still scored five strikes in Serie A and remains a certainly sought-after man.
Previously strongly linked to a possible move to Spanish heavyweights Barcelona during the summer, Sun. and numerous media outlets across Europe report that Guardiola is interested in bringing the 23-year-old from Italy in January.
A move that would undoubtedly excite many in Manchester’s blue half, City’s hopes of clinching Martinez received a real boost last month after the Inter forward issued a strong wage demand to his current employers.
The sunday mirror reported that Martinez has told I Nerazzurri that they must give him a pay raise of £ 100,000 per week if he wants to sign an extension at San Siro.
Already rejecting Inter’s initial offer to extend the contract and negotiations that appear to be at a standstill, City could be looking towards a raid in January when the window is reopened.