Man City ‘suspicious’ of Erling Haaland as Barcelona threaten to hurt Pep Guardiola again

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Manchester City are reportedly suspicious of a deal for Erling Haaland, despite the Borussia Dortmund star’s fixed release clause which is set to become active in the summer of 2022. Barcelona are tipped to rival the Sky Blues for his signature, meaning a double whammy could be on the cards for Pep Guardiola after agreeing to sell Ferran Torres to his former employers on Wednesday. 

Haaland was the subject of a furious transfer pursuit last summer due to his relentless goal-scoring exploits with Borussia Dortmund and Norway. 

But the German outfit stood firm with the youngster, despite talk of a mammoth offer from Chelsea and meetings with some of Europe’s biggest hitters. 

Haaland is expected to stay put in January, but a well-publicised release clause worth around £65million is set to become active in the summer. 

Having scored more than one goal per game since his 2019 switch to Dortmund, it is virtually inevitable that a top club will come calling at that price. 

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With no senior strikers in their ranks, City are widely expected to be one of the teams knocking on Dortmund’s door. 

Indeed, SPORT claim that they have already made contact with Haaland’s entourage ‘in a serious way’, but they also harbour suspicions. 

City reportedly feel as though the true financial aspects of the deal could be much higher than suggested by his relatively reasonable release clause. 

A bumper salary package, coupled with extortionate commissions to super-agent Mino Raiola are likely to make any move for Haaland a mammoth investment. 

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Nevertheless, cash-strapped Barcelona are tipped to be right next to City in the running to land the 21-year-old. 

If Xavi’s side managed to snatch the Norwegian from under Guardiola’s nose during the summer, it could be the second blow delivered by his former side in the space of a few months. 

The City boss had to concede defeat when it came to exciting youngster Ferran Torres this month, as Barca capitalised on his desire to leave the Etihad by agreeing a £46.7m fee. 

Losing out on Haaland to Barca soon afterwards would be another a bitter blow for the Catalan, who spent four hugely successful years at the Camp Nou between 2008 and 2012. 

“[The Ferran Torres deal] is not done officially, I know they are negotiating, it’s close, that’s all,” said Guardiola.

“When the club announces, it’s done.

“I said many times, when he came to me, if you are not happy you have to leave.

“We are not a club like other teams when you want to leave and the CEO and president say no.”

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