UK Pep's ally Laporta could scupper Haaland's transfer to Man City last minute news
MetiNews.Com - Manchester City are one of several elite European clubs to have held proposed transfer talks with Erling Haaland's representatives
Breaking News ! Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland has already touched down in Manchester as he prepares for a first-hand audition in front of Pep Guardiola. The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the hottest properties in European football, having scored 49 goals in 50 games for the Bundesliga club since moving to Germany in January 2020. He is ready to lead their charge at the Etihad Stadium tonight, too, as Dortmund aim to upset Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash. Speculation over the future of Haaland intensified over the course of the Easter weekend. Indeed, after his representatives - including 'super agent' Mino Raiola - were spotted in Spain ahead of proposed transfer talks with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, they are reported to have jetted to the UK for similar discussions with City and three other Premier League clubs - around 24 hours later on Good Friday. Read More Related Articles Pep Guardiola hints Man City could change transfer policy to sign Erling Haaland Read More Related Articles Mino Raiola has already revealed Man City and Man United's biggest rivals for Erling Haaland Guardiola initially dismissed talk of signing a big-money replacement for outgoing club legend Sergio Aguero. However, the former Barcelona manager - who is anticipated to face competition from one of his closest allies at the Nou Camp if he does pursue Haaland this summer - did expand on those comments during the pre-Dortmund press conference. He said: "Spending a lot of money on one player doesn't give you an advantage to win. "So far the club has decided not to spend close to £100million for a player. Maybe in the future, it will happen and the club decides it is necessary to improve the team for the next five to ten years." Speaking about Norway striker Haaland, the City manager added: "All I can say is he is an exceptional striker for his age. The numbers speak for themselves. He's a fantastic player, that's all. "Everybody knows it. A blind guy can realise he is a good striker.
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As indicated by Guardiola himself, anyone can identify what a generational talent Haaland is. However, only a few can do anything about it and, subsequently, act in the transfer market. Even amid financial complications brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, two two big-hitters in Spain are highly likely to make their presence felt in the pursuit of Haaland, who is set to command a nine-figure fee despite reports of a £65million release clause that will become active next season. Although they are in staggering debt, Real have the capacity to generate funds by selling on high-profile stars such as Gareth Bale and Martin Odegaard - to name two examples. Barcelona, meanwhile, are buoyed by the return of a hugely influential figure who, along with Guardiola, guided the Catalan club to one of their most-successful ever spells.
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Indeed, it was Laporta who handed Guardiola the reigns at Barcelona and the rest, as they say, is history. Laporta departed Barcelona midway through Guardiola's four-year tenure, between 2008 and 2012, but in that time he did sanction deals for the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as a golden generation led by Lionel Messi replaced several big names such as Ronaldinho and Deco. It was, previously, under Laporta's watch that Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry were both lured to the Nou Camp. Crucially, though, it was the Ibrahimovic transfer which underlined the two-time Barcelona president's relationship with super agent Raiola, who represents the charismatic Swede and Haaland, too.
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With that in mind, he is clearly no stranger to marquee transfers - and that is exactly what Haaland would be as and when he makes a final decision on his own future. The first port of call for Laporta upon his re-election in January was to secure the future of Messi. It's widely thought that he was the only man who could have done so, but while that has yet to be rubber-stamped - in public at least - work to strengthen the Barcelona squad to the appeasement of their legendary captain remains another top priority. Will that be with the signing of Haaland? Time will tell.