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Man City’s transfer pursuit of Haaland vindicates Sterling’s Barcelona decision

Manchester City have some big transfer decisions to make with Pep Guardiola interested in Erling Haaland while Raheem Sterling has been linked with a move away from the club

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Manchester City are continuing their pursuit of Erling Haaland with the summer transfer window set to be an absolute free-for-all.

The likes of Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain interested in the striker.

The Norway international has been in fine form for Borussia Dortmund since his arrival in 2019.

Despite being just 21, Haaland has 68 goals in 67 matches – including an incredible campaign this year already with 11 in eight.

A release clause is reportedly set to come into effect in the summer transfer window that will allow the Leeds-born ace to leave the Bundesliga club for £68m.



Erling Haaland has been linked with a move to Manchester City
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Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, is well-known at City having played at the club during his own career while he is said to be tempted by a move to the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola is desperate to sign a striker after failing to bring in Harry Kane over the summer from Tottenham.

Despite that not materialising, a bid of £100m was made for the England captain which emphasising two points – that City have the money and want to replace Sergio Aguero.









It makes the Etihad outfit one of the hot favourites to land Haaland – but that would spell bad news for one player.

Raheem Sterling has already been linked with a move away from the club and has had a tough start to the season.

The England international has completed 90 minutes just once in the Premier League in a match where he failed to impress in a 0-0 draw against Southampton.



Raheem Sterling has struggled for game time at Man City this season
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Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez are preferred options in Guardiola’s star-studded side.

Barcelona are linked with Sterling, despite their financial trouble, and Sports Illustrated report that the forward is keen on a move to the Nou Camp.

A deal has been proposed that would see the former Liverpool star loaned out to Los Cules initially before joining on a permanent basis.

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And City’s pursuit of Haaland only backs up Sterling’s wish to leave with his first-team chances only set to take a further hit upon the Norweigan’s arrival.

Finding a system that would utilise all of the top talents at the Etihad is quite the puzzle for Guardiola.

But former Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor has told the Catalan coach what his preferred line-up would be.



Raheem Sterling has slipped down the pecking order at Man City
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He told Football Insider : “I’d love to see Sterling, Grealish, Foden and Jesus as a four. Then you’ve got De Bruyne and Rodri as two centre-midfielders.

“I just think Sterling adds a bit more pace into the line up.

“The way they played against Liverpool, they passed them off the park. Whatever Pep is trialling or trying seems to be working.


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“They’ve got so many different players and formations they can try. I love Riyad Mahrez as well.

“There’s plenty of formations they can play and it’s hard to say what’s their best.”


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