Manchester City dreams of attracting Haaland and it’s bound to be a (very) good idea
Before facing Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League, Manchester City is fighting another battle against the Spanish club in the Spanish capital. Treat yourself to the services of Erling Haaland this summer. A golden recruit for a successful future?
Erling Haaland, one of the best number 9 in the world of football
The future of the Norwegian striker, like that of Kylian Mbappé, has been the subject of much ink in recent weeks. Announced as the two favorites to recruit him, Manchester City would still be ahead of Real Madrid as indicated by its spokesperson on the social network Twitter. If the soap opera concerning Erling Haaland’s next destination keeps the whole football planet awake, it is because it is quite simply one of the best current numbers 9. The one who joined Borussia Dortmund in the winter of 2019, has had two full seasons and continues to impress his world in Germany. Upon his arrival, Haaland had no problem acclimatizing and scored 13 goals in 15 Bundesliga games. The 2020-2021 season is that of confirmation. The one who is nicknamed the « cyborg », for his atypical physique and gestures, scores 41 goals, including 10 in the Champions League, delivers 13 assists and wins the German Cup. Less present on the pitch with injuries that have upset him for part of this season, the Norwegian international continues despite everything to panic the counters with 25 goals and 8 assists in 27 games in all competitions. At only 21 years old, Erling Haaland represents the future but he is already the present. Behind the untouchable Benzema and Lewandowski whose career speaks for them, the Signal Iduna Park striker already seems too big for Borussia and could leave the German club for a pittance or almost…
A widely accessible operation for Citizens
It is no longer to be demonstrated, Manchester City is one of the richest and most spendthrift clubs in Europe. But in recent seasons, the SkyBlues have invested more money to strengthen their defensive line with the signings of Ruben Diaz for 68 million euros in 2020, Nathan Aké for 45 million euros the same year or even Joao Cancelo in 2019, recruited for 65 million euros from Juventus. In the offseason, it was Jack Grealish who this time came to strengthen the offensive sector of the formation led by Pep Guardiola for just over 117 million euros. Accustomed to spending astronomical sums to attract the best players and those who manage to adapt to Guardiola’s system, Manchester City will not need to go crazy to secure the signing of Erling Haaland. Upon arriving at Dortmund from Red Bull Salszburg in the winter of 2019, the Norwegian’s clan negotiated an exit clause with then-Dortmund sporting director Mickael Zorc. This release clause was thus placed at the level of 75 million euros and it became active from 2021. Previously, a club which wanted to recruit the Norwegian international, would have had to negotiate with Dortmund and pay a much larger sum. When we know the value of Erling Haaland and his margin of progress at only 21 years old, the price set to snatch his signature allows very ridiculous in football these days.
The missing piece to (finally) glean the Champions League?
If Manchester City manages to put the grappling hook on the left-hander of one meter ninety-four, the team coached by Pep Guardiola could well obtain the last missing piece of the puzzle to glean all the national titles but especially on the Champions League after which the club has been running since its takeover in 2008 by an Abu Dhabi investment fund. Because during the last European campaigns, Manchester City has often been released following tactical moves attempted by Guardiola, who did without a real attacker in his starting lineup by regularly leaving Kun Aguëro or Gabriel Jesus on the bench in favor of Sterling or Silva at the forefront. But the latest failure to date at the gates of victory, against Chelsea in the final last year (1-0) may have allowed the SkyBlues and their coach to face the facts. This Manchester City team, a real steamroller, deserves to evolve with a formidable finisher to continue to pass the levels. Faced with teams grouped together in defense, like Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the residents of the Etihad Stadium encounter the worst difficulties in breaking the lock by multiplying centers that cannot find only too rarely taker. Haaland, endowed with an incredible sense of goal and an extraordinary physique, could be the ideal solution to the last evils of Manchester City and Guardiola, and allow them to finally win the cup with the big ears. As City take on Benzema’s Real Madrid, if the France international again manages to pull off a feat and bring down the SkyBlues, then the need for a proper No.9 will become inescapable.
An inevitable departure this summer
Erling Haaland, very courted since his debut at Borussia Dortmund, a club with which he has crossed a threshold on the European level, undoubtedly plays these last matches under the colors yellow and black. The Marsupials have become too small for him and the Norwegian international has ambitions to join a club to win domestic and European titles, something he is failing to do with the formation led by Marco Rose. If he represents the future of world football, the “cyborg” is in a hurry because in front of him, another player is also waiting to be crowned king of Europe … Kylian Mbappé. In their duel from distance, the two attackers are forced to push and respond to each other, as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were able to do for almost 15 years. And for his part, the French world champion is thinking about his future, he who will be out of contract at the end of the season and remains insistently announced on the side of Real Madrid even if an extension to PSG is not to be excluded. . If Kylian Mbappé were to join the Spanish capital, there is no doubt that Erling Haaland would think very seriously about taking the direction of England … or PSG. If he wants to be able to achieve his collective and personal goals, enter the race for the golden ball and compete with his main rival for years to come, the Norwegian international will have to join a club more upscale than Dortmund. That’s good, that’s just what Manchester City wants.