July 17, 2024

Pep Guardiola determined to fight for in-demand striker’s signature

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Pep Guardiola is determined to enter the transfer battle for in-demand Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

Manchester City, the Premier League winners, have launched an all-out attack on Borussia Dortmund attacker Erling Haaland.

Pep Guardiola is said to have ordered club officials to make sure that if the Norwegian decides to leave his current club this summer, they are not left behind.

The in-demand center-forward is under contract with the Bundesliga club until 2024, but a release clause in his contract has opened the possibility of a summer transfer to one of Europe’s major clubs.

After his father and agent, Mino Raiola, visited both the Camp Nou and Valdebebas last year, it is believed that Haaland is interested in playing in La Liga.

According to Diario AS, Real Madrid is in the driver’s seat, despite Barcelona’s financial woes. Manchester City, on the other hand, does not have the same cash flow issues as the Catalan titans.

Even a club as wealthy as Real Madrid will struggle to match what City, which is funded by oil, can offer in a bidding battle.

Real Madrid will free up some funds when Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Isco make their way to the exit door this summer. 

Florentino Perez, the club’s president, is also interested in signing PSG striker Kylian Mbappe. As a result, they can’t afford to trump Manchester City with an offer.

After the loss of all-time leading scorer Sergio Aguero last summer and the acquisition of Ferran Torres to FC Barcelona just a few weeks ago, Pep Guardiola is desperate to bolster his attack.

Real Madrid will now have to rely on Haaland’s willingness to wear the renowned white jersey, much as they do with Kylian Mbappe, who has been offered a lucrative contract by Paris Saint-Germain.

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