Pep Guardiola has warned that Manchester City will not be forced to overpay for their transfer targets in the summer. City are now expected to be going all out in the efforts to bring Erling Haaland to the Etihad Stadium after confirming the departure of Sergio Aguero. The record goalscorer at Manchester City has found very little game time in recent months. Still only 32, Aguero might have a lot to offer but City appear to have taken the decision in favour of bringing the much younger Haaland, who is only 20 years old, to the Premier League.
This may be easier said than done considering the level of competition for Haaland’s signature. After an incredible campaign in which he has already scored more than 30 goals in as many Bundesliga matches, Haaland is the next big thing in world football. However, he may end up costing upwards of £150 million with Dortmund ready to go to great lengths to keep him at the Signal Iduna Park.
Many clubs are not doing so great financially and Guardiola has admitted that City are one of them. Despite being backed by rich Middle East owners, the club will not be spending beyond the valuation on any player – even if it means missing out on a great like Haaland. According to the Irish Independent, Guardiola said:
“With these prices we are not going to sign any striker. It’s impossible – we cannot afford it.”
So far, Haaland has proven that he has the pace, power, and finishing skills required to become the next big thing in world football. It can be frightening for many that the Finland international is only 20 years old.
Aguero will be leaving on a free after more than a decade of terrorising opposition defences. He leaves with more than 250 goals for City. If City do not bring in a direct replacement for Aguero, Guardiola may very well continue with the existing setup of using a false nine.