– Haaland is exactly what City needs

Erling Braut Haaland (20) will be perfect for dad Alfie’s old club, Manchester City. That’s what The Times writer Matt Dickinson thinks.

GOOD TONE: Erling Braut Haaland tells Phil Foden something the latter seems to like here, after the settlement between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in England this week. Foto: PHIL NOBLE

8. apr. 2021 07:56

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– Erling Haaland is the opposite of “Pep-ball”, but he is exactly what Manchester City needs. The Norwegian striker’s ruthless appearance is what is missing in Guardiola’s team, Dickinson writes in the renowned The Times.

On Tuesday, Haaland made a disciplined and solid performance away at the Etihad Stadium in the first of two Champions League quarter-finals against City. Six minutes before full time, Jærbuen assisted Dortmund captain Marco Reus’ 1-1 scoring, before the course’s other big, young unique, Phil Foden, secured the light blue victory just before the end.

Afterwards, the two sensationally good 20-year-olds stood and talked on the lawn. Haaland held a hand in front of his mouth that made it impossible for lip readers to see what he was saying, but Foden looked the Norwegian with joy in his eyes.

BIFF: The bull from Jæren easily pushed away the Portuguese stopper Colossus Ruben Dias during the match. Foto: Nick Potts

Great interest

Whether the two become teammates remains to be seen. According to Dickinson in The Times, it would be perfect for City. Guardiola stated before the match that the club could not afford to get a new striker at the moment, but maybe the big club can find the money somewhere.

VG knows that several of the world’s biggest clubs expressed interest in the Haaland camp several months ago.

Last week, agent dad Alfie Haaland and agent colleague Mino Raiola also went to Barcelona and Madrid for meetings with the two Spanish giants.

– Hard to say

Haaland’s contract with Dortmund does not expire until 2024, but a transfer already to the summer seems more and more likely. Viasat expert Petter Veland recently stated the following to VG:

– It is difficult to predict where he will end up. If there is an economic race, where the only thing Dortmund thinks about is the highest possible price, the English clubs are more willing to pay and have the opportunity to give higher salaries. At the opposite end, Spanish football has proven that they produce the world’s best players and Golden Ball winners.

Haaland’s next match is the Bundesliga match away against Stuttgart. It will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Arena from 6.30 pm on Saturday night. The match is shown on Viasat.

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