Reports: Erling Haaland has two preferred options, one being Manchester City
According to Sport1 in Germany, Erling Haaland has two preferred destinations for his future. Real Madrid and Manchester City, for various reasons. The German outlet claim that the Norway international is fascinated by Real Madrid's global appeal and City because of Pep Guardiola and the personal connection to the club from his father Alfie Haaland, who captained the side in the 2000/01 season. The German outlet cite the departure of Sergio Aguero as a potential indication that the club is very serious for the 20-year-old.
In all fairness, we didn't need the announcement of Aguero's end of season departure to tell us this. The talk around City for several months has always been that Haaland was the number one striker option going into the summer transfer window. This has only been amplified in recent weeks as we edged closer to April, where City's transfer plans generally become more clear. City will undoubtedly push for Haaland as the priority target - they've sanctioned a deal for the 20-year-old - but have always maintained they have other targets under consideration should a move not be possible.
Sport1 insist Borussia Dortmund do not want to sell their talismanic forward and will only listen to offers in excess of 150 million euros, and even then, closer to 180 million euros. It probably won't take that much in the end, but the forward will clearly not be cheap. City have the money to spend this summer and could levy their 15% Jadon Sancho sell-on clause in any deal to better help their chances.
City want and will move for Erling Haaland. And it looks like he wouldn't mind a move to the Etihad, either.