May 24, 2024

How Man City’s Haaland deal could be bad for four club’s players

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Man City’s Haaland deal could be bad for four Pep Guardiola players at Etihad.

Halaand’s possible arrival at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola might cause a major upheaval.

According to rumours, Manchester City have agreed a hefty wage contract with Borussia Dortmund goal-machine Erling Haaland, a number of players might soon be battling for starting berths under Pep Guardiola.

Despite other aspects of the agreement making it a colossal outlay, the Sky Blues are thought to be in pole position to sign the Norwegian, who has a £63 million release clause expected to be activated this summer.

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How Man City’s Haaland deal will shake Etihad

Haaland’s prospective arrival at the Etihad would be hugely exciting for fans but could spell bad news for four stars in particular.

Jack Grealish

Since his Premier League record £100 million signing from Aston Villa last summer, the England international has battled to secure a place in the City XI.

Guardiola has found satisfaction in playing Grealish through the middle after struggling out wide and in midfield, and he scored against Liverpool in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final defeat.

However, if Haaland arrives, that spot will be taken. Grealish would be forced back out wide, where he would face heavy competition for minutes from Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling, or back into the centre of the park, where Guardiola has expressed a reluctance to play the 26-year-old owing to the defensive responsibilities of the position.

Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan sensationally scored 17 goals in all competitions last term, but remains something of a rotation option as permanently displacing Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri or Bernardo Silva has proven virtually impossible. 

Haaland’s arrival could make life even tougher. 

Julian Alvarez

City made the £14m January signing of young Argentine striker Julian Alvarez. 

The 22-year-old was loaned back to River Plate and has continued scoring at an impressive rate, notching seven senior caps for the national team to boot. 

Alvarez is expected to join Man City at the end of the season, but his lethal finishing is highly unlikely to be enough to edge ahead of Haaland in the pecking order – particularly given the Norwegian’s reported £500,000-a-week wages. 

Liam Delap

Halaand’s arrival in Manchester would naturally make Delap’s path to the first team that much murkier. 

At such a young age there is plenty of time to prove his worth, but it may take a loan spell to do that unless he is content to work with extremely limited opportunities.

The 19-year-old Delap, racked up 24 goals in 20 Under-23 matches last season.

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