Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola wants to sign Erling Hland. According to the Spanish press, the Catalan technician claimed a big effort from his management on this file.
Hland will host the transfer window next summer
I will play here in Spain. This little phrase, which Erling Hland is said to have blurted out to fans during his Marbella vacation, had inflamed Spain recently. For the Spanish press, there is no possible doubt: the Borussia Dortmund striker will play for Real Madrid or FC Barcelona next season.
Manchester City will activate
Even if, for the time being, the leaders of La Liga seem to be the best placed, it would be quick to draw a final line on another destination. Things can still change over the next few months, especially with Mino Raiola, the Norwegian’s earthy agent. Especially since a serious pretender is likely to activate very quickly: Manchester City.
Often cited among the courtiers of Hland, the English champion seemed to be in retreat in this matter. But Josep Guardiola wants to shake things up. According to the Spanish daily AS, the Mancunian coach has asked his management to make a substantial effort to recruit the Leeds native next summer.
Guardiola needs a center-forward
With the departures of Sergio Agero last summer and then Ferran Torres this winter, the Citizens have lost two options at the center-forward position, where the Spaniard sometimes flew into a role of false number 9. Today, Gabriel Jesus is the only central striker of the profession in the Mancunian workforce. For Guardiola, it is therefore necessary to recruit in this sector. Last summer, its leaders had already tried to offer him Harry Kane, but Tottenham did not give in to the Mancunian offers.
Can the financial strength of the English champion make the difference in this case? The Scandinavian’s release clause, estimated between 75 and 90 million euros, will not be a brake for Manchester City. And the Premier League leader has shoulders broad enough to take on a much higher salary than Spanish clubs Hland could offer. Suffice to say that the English formation could well shake up this file in the months to come.
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