The South American forward has enjoyed ten trophy-laden years at the Etihad Stadium since joining from La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in a £38m move, but injuries have seen the 32-year-old fall down the Citizens’ pecking order this season.
Aguero’s potential departure means Guardiola will have a big void to fill ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, and one man who has been tipped to fill it is Borussia Dortmund hitman Haaland, although according to Castles, they will face some stiff competition if they want to secure his signature.
He said: “[Haaland] is in a very strong situation in that, as you say, a lot of the major clubs in European football have expressed an interest in signing him.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants him for Manchester United; Chelsea are looking at the possibility of signing the player; Manchester City, although they don’t see him as the perfect fit to Pep Guardiola’s system, are also examining whether he is the centre-forward they go for in a window where they need to replace Sergio Aguero.
“I think there’s a lot of clubs looking over their shoulders at other clubs and trying to assess whether Haaland is the right man to get – and to get him ahead of the opposition.”
TIF Thoughts on Haaland…
His shoes would be big ones to fill, but Haaland has already shown in his short professional career that he has the potential to do just that.
The Norway international has bagged an incredible 49 goals in 49 games for Borussia Dortmund since signing for the Bundesliga giants, and the 20-year-old would arguably therefore be capable of taking Guardiola’s men to new heights.