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Guardiola won’t allow ‘personal issues’ with Mino Raiola scupper £100m Haaland deal

Pep Guardiola is reportedly willing to set aside his grievances with agent Mino Raiola, in order to secure the signing of Borussia Dortmund man Erling Haaland.

The former Barcelona boss is currently looking set add a third Premier League title to his collection, with his Manchester City side enjoying a 20-game winning run in all competitions and and are 13 points clear at the top of the table.

After a slow start to the campaign, City have been simply superb since the turn of the year, despite having spent a large part of the season without a recognised centre-forward, both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero having been out through illness and injury for much of the campaign.

While it hasn’t affected them this term, the lack of a world-class striker at the peak of their powers could hold Guardiola’s side back in the long-term, with rumours that they are in the market for a forward this summer.

According to the Daily Mail, City are hoping to secure a £100m deal for Haaland at the end of the season, with Guardiola set to put his ‘personal issues’ with the Norwegian’s agent, Mino Raiola, aside for the deal can go ahead.

The 20-year-old has been in electric form for Dortmund over the last year and has hit a staggering 43 goals in just 44 appearances for the club, emerging as arguably one of the most sought after players in world football.

The former Red Bull Salzburg man has been tipped as an ideal successor for club record scorer, Sergio Aguero, with the Argentine having entered the final few months of his current deal and with no sign of an extension.

While Haaland reportedly has a £68m release in his deal that comes into effect in 2022, the Bundesliga are reportedly willing to sell him this summer in order to recoup a much large transfer fee amid their current financial struggles.

One potential issue in City’s pursuit looked to be Guardiola’s toxic relationship with Raiola, following the Catalan’s treatment of Zlatan Ibrahimovic – a client of the Italian – at Barcelona, yet the City boss is keen to put that aside in order to get his man.

The Premier League leaders aren’t the only club interested, however, with both Chelsea and Manchester United also heavily linked with making a move.

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