While all indications point to Erling Haaland’s future at Manchester City, the club’s manager isn’t buying it. Pep Guardiola has refused to recognize any news stating a contract has been reached ahead of certain major matchups, including Brighton (Wednesday), Watford (Saturday), and Real Madrid in the Champions League (Tuesday | Paramount+). The Daily Mail claimed on Monday that the club had reached an agreement with the player’s agents on a prospective deal. The club would activate the $81 million release clause in April and then pay the Borussia Dortmund star a weekly salary of $600,000 to have him play for City.
City would still need to reach an agreement with Dortmund, but they seem to be in pole position to sign the superstar striker in what would be a major transfer in search of additional titles. City is presently the favorite to win the Premier League and is in the semifinals of the Champions League.
When questioned about Haaland, Guardiola said he had more important things to think about. Look at this:
🗣 "We are playing without a striker… For many years I don't think about transfer windows especially when we have incredible things to play for"— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 19, 2022
Pep Guardiola addresses the Erling Haaland to Manchester City rumours 🤫 pic.twitter.com/JI3RtzLOh0
“I don’t have a response to your question,” Guardiola stated. “There are no questions. I’m not worried about what will happen to this team next season.
“We’re not playing with a striker… I have no idea what will happen in the future. For many years, I have avoided discussing transfers, particularly while we are in the middle of the season.”
But it’s incredible to think of what this squad may become with Haaland. City are a title contender in every league they enter, but they haven’t had a real superstar striker since Sergio Aguero’s heyday a few years ago. However, with players like Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez in attack, placing them on either side of a guy like Haaland seems almost unjust.
The Norwegian striker, who was born in England and whose father was a City player, has 151 goals in 196 club appearances. He has 25 goals in 26 games this season after scoring 41 goals in 41 games last season.