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Haaland ready to move to Man City as Guardiola drops hint

Erling Haaland is sure to come home.

The Norwegian striker’s future, one of world football’s rising stars, is set to be finalized this week and is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund to join Manchester City as the English club’s delayed replacement for Sergio Aguero. is in the form.

Neither City nor Dortmund are officially commenting on a possible transfer, although Pep Guardiola gave a big hint on Tuesday.

“Everyone knows the situation,” the City manager told a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League match against Wolverhampton, “but I shouldn’t talk because I don’t like talking about the future. Dortmund and Man Citi told me I can’t say anything until the deal is done.

“I’d love to talk, but I can’t.”

Others in the football world are speaking up for him, even as the manager of Liverpool – City’s big rivals in the Premier League – weighs in on what could be the biggest transfer ahead of next season.

“This transfer will set new levels, let me say it this way,” Jurgen Klopp told British broadcaster Sky Sports.

It is widely being reported that the 75 million euro ($79 million) release clause in Haaland’s contract with Dortmund will be activated this week. Haaland could bid farewell to Dortmund fans in the team’s last game of the season at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Sebastian Kehl, who took over as Dortmund’s sporting director, told Sport1 on Sunday that there should be “clarity next week” about Haaland’s future, although he did not specifically mention City.

The Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad reported on Monday that Haaland completed his medical examination in Brussels.

Haaland, 21, was born in England – in Leeds, a short drive from Manchester in the north of the country – while his father, Alf-Inge, was playing for City in the Premier League. As a child, Erling Haaland was pictured wearing the City jersey.

“I wish he was here for Leeds back home – it’s his birthplace – but I understand his decision to move to Man City,” said Leeds manager Jesse Marsh, an American who coached Haaland when he The Austrian team was in Salzburg.

“Credit to him for making this happen,” Marsh said. “I always wish the best for Erling, he is an incredible human being.”

With Kylian Mbappe, Hollande is leading a new generation of stars ready to take over as football’s marquee player from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He could be the headline signing that takes City from regular winner of home trophies to the standout team in Europe. Pep Guardiola’s team has failed to win the Champions League despite the huge expense of the club’s Abu Dhabi ownership.

City have played without an out-and-out striker this season after the departure of its record scorer, Aguero, 10 years later at the end of the 2020-21 campaign. The lack of a natural goalscorer in the team has been visible in some of the big games this season, especially when Real Madrid eliminated him in the Champions League semi-final last week.

City tried to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane last season and when he didn’t, Portugal forward considered bidding for Cristiano Ronaldo before sealing a return to Manchester United.

Haaland has 85 goals in 88 games since joining Salzburg in January 2020, which has been linked with a move to Madrid. At his best, he is almost unstoppable and has a rivalry with Bayern Munich’s record-breaking goal-scorer Robert Lewandowski. , has illuminated the Bundesliga in the last three seasons.

“It will be interesting,” Marsh said. “He is an explosive player in transition and Man City often play a lot in possession.

“He can play any style of play, but of course I believe it makes Man City one of the best teams in the world, if not even better.”

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