Manchester City are set to join the race to sign Erling Haaland this summer as Pep Guardiola eyes a long-term replacement for record goalscorer Sergio Aguero.
Haaland has emerged as arguably the most exciting young talent in world football since moving to Borussia Dortmund and his performances have not gone unnoticed by Europe’s giants, the forward understood to have a long list of suitors with a reported release clause of £68m in his contract becoming active in 2022.
According to the Mirror, however, City are prepared to move early for the Norway international and ‘blow his suitors out of the water’ with a £100m bid to bring Haaland to the Etihad this summer.
Guardiola is considering his forward options with Aguero’s contract expiring at the end of the campaign, the club’s all-time record goalscorer expected to leave following a 2020/21 season that has been hindered by injury and illness.
The 32-year-old has made just two league starts and attentions have now turned towards his long-term replacement, with City keen to secure the signing of Haaland in a big-money deal.
Haaland burst onto the scene with Red Bull Salzburg last season after scoring a hat-trick on his Champions League debut, netting 29 goals in 27 appearances for the Austrian champions over the first half of the campaign before a winter window move to Dortmund.
The 20-year-old has continued to score at an astonishing rate at the Westfalenstadion, netting a hat-trick as a substitute on his debut and amassing a record of 38 goals in just 39 appearances across all competitions for the Bundesliga side.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have all also been linked with the player who has previously expressed a desire to play in the Premier League, Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, having also spent a decade in English football with Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City respectively.