Manchester City have entered the Erling Haaland sweepstakes alongside their crosstown rivals Manchester United, and even hosted the Red Bull Salzburg striker’s father Alf-Inge for their home victory over Atalanta last month, according to Sean Kearns of Metro Sport.
Red Bull Salzburg are understood to be seeking roughly €100 million for any potential transfer involving Haaland. Despite the high price tag, many teams have inquired about the availability of Haaland including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United.
Haaland has scored 26 goals in 18 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg across all competitions so far this season, and currently leads the Champions League in scoring seven goals through four group stage matches. The 19-year-old’s name became quite noteworthy this past summer when the Norwegian scored nine times in a 12-0 win over Honduras in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup – en route to winning the tournament Golden Boot.
The Salzburg striker already has strong connections with Manchester City, as his father, Alf-Inge, played three seasons for the club in the early 2000’s. With the young Norwegian hopeful to eventually play in the Premier League, the connection to Manchester City makes the two a good match, particularly with Sergio Aguero heading into the twilight of his career.
It is claimed that as a result of Aguero entering said twilight years, Manchester City are in the market for a long-term replacement for the Argentine due to ‘fears over Gabriel Jesus’ future‘. There is a fear at the Etihad Stadium that the Brazilian forward may be ‘unwilling to wait much longer for a starting berth‘.
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