According to a report in the print edition of AS (as relayed by Sport Witness), Manchester City are set to target Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland after missing out on Harry Kane during the summer transfer window.
Manchester City fell short in their attempt to reach an agreement with Daniel Levy for Kane over the summer despite the striker allegedly pushing hard for the transfer.
The England captain has looked a shadow of his former self so far this season, with some pundits putting his sub-par performances down to being mentally affected by the failed transfer.
However, he proved his critics wrong with a goal and an assist against Newcastle yesterday in the Premier League, netting his first of the campaign.
EuroSport claimed last month Pep Guardiola’s men are unlikely to reignite their interest in Kane in the future after failing to get a deal over the line during the summer.
Defensa Central also suggested last week that Real Madrid could move for Kane if they fail to get deals for Kylian Mbappe and Haaland.
AS have now revealed that Pep Guardiola’s side are set to target Haaland as Erling’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland, played for City between 2000 and 2003, and his past ties with the club ‘would be of great help’.
The report also backs Real Madrid to complete Mbappe’s signing and suggests that Los Blancos could use the Frenchman’s transfer to convince Haaland to ‘accept their superior sporting project’.
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It sounds like whoever misses out on Haaland (among City, United, PSG and Real Madrid) could well turn their attention to Kane next summer.
It remains to be seen whether the 28-year-old will change his mind about wanting to remain in the Premier League following the events of this summer.
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