Duncan Castles has been speaking on the latest instalment of The Transfer Window Podcast, where he revealed Manchester City are yet to decide whether to pursue their interest in Erling Haaland.
The Norway international has taken the footballing world by storm since joining Borussia Dortmund 18 months ago, bagging a sensational 53 goals in 56 games for the Bundesliga outfit.
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With City’s all-time leading goalscorer, Sergio Aguero set to depart the Etihad Stadium over the summer, talk has turned to whom Pep Guardiola will replace the Argentine with but, according to Castles, the Spaniard has his doubts over Haaland’s suitability to his unique style of play.
He said: (34:02) “Erling Haaland isn’t an obvious Guardiola player for sure. We talked about that and I think Manchester City are very aware that they have to be careful with this.
“They’re looking at it because of the numbers, they are looking at it because of the age, it fits better with their recruitment in the sense of liking, buying younger players when they do spend big money who they can keep through two contracts.
“But, what I’m hearing from Manchester City is that it’s not a simple case of Erling Haaland is the best striker in the market, he’s an obvious fit to our team, we go out and do it regardless, that’s certainly not the case.
“There’s a calculation being made. How much is this going to cost? Is there a better alternative on the market? Final decision, not made yet.”
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City have taken the Premier League by storm this season, securing their third top-flight title in four seasons under Guardiola’s tutelage, as well as earning a place in their first Champions League final.
However, they’ve largely done so without a recognised striker being on the pitch. Aguero has featured from the off on just eight occasions in all competitions throughout 2020/21, while Gabriel Jesus has failed to start City’s last five Champions League encounters.
Guardiola appears to be favouring a strikerless system in the bigger games, such as their second-leg Champions League semi-final clash against PSG and therefore, it’s easy to understand why there are doubts over sanctioning such an expensive move for Haaland this summer.