Manchester City are confident of winning the race to sign Erling Haaland if he joins an English club, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Premier League leaders are long-term admirers of the Borussia Dortmund striker and are still looking to sign a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero following his departure last summer.
What’s the latest news with Haaland?
Having missed out on signing Harry Kane, City will be even more desperate to bring in a number nine ahead of next season.
Despite their lack of a striker, Pep Guardiola’s side remain on course to win their sixth Premier League title, while they’re virtually in the quarter finals of the Champions League after thrashing Sporting Lisbon 5-0 in their first leg last 16 tie and remain in the FA Cup.
The 21-year-old has several top European clubs watching him and could leave Dortmund this summer, with his £63m release clause coming into play in June. Barcelona, PSG, and Real Madrid all remain interested, while Manchester United are keen having made signing a striker their top priority.
Chelsea are also in the race for Haaland following Romelu Lukaku’s struggles in front of goal since he returned to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan, but Jones reckons that City are confident of beating off competition from any of their Premier League rivals should the youngster choose to move to England.
What did Jones say about Haaland?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Man City seem to be confident that if he comes to English football, they will be in the driving seat to sign him.”
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Do City need Haaland?
City remain firmly on course to become just the second English side ever to win the treble and are doing so without a striker. Therefore, that doesn’t appear to suggest that Guardiola needs to sign any striker, let alone someone in Haaland’s league.
But if City do come up trumps this summer and end up convincing Haaland to move to the Etihad Stadium, then Guardiola’s side would be near enough unbeatable.
Adding his quality to a frontline that already boasts the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne would be almost unfair on other sides around Europe.