While Manchester City is one of the clubs approached to welcome Erling Haaland, Pep Guardiola was clear on Friday at a press conference. No striker should come this summer to replace Sergio Agüero.
A transfer window without spending madness? It wouldn’t really look like Manchester City, but that’s what could happen next summer, according to Pep Guardiola. While his club is part of the European teams approached to welcome Erling Haaland, the Catalan coach calmed everyone this Friday at a press conference. The current Premier League leader is reportedly seriously considering not signing any strikers. Sergio Agüero, who will leave free at the end of the season, might not even be replaced due to the economic consequences linked to the coronavirus epidemic and especially in view of the prices charged on the transfer market.
“With these prices we will not buy any striker. It is impossible. We cannot afford it. All clubs have financial difficulties and we are not an exception. We have Gabriel (Jesus), Ferran (Torres) ) who’s been amazing this season in this position, a lot of players in the academy, and we sometimes play with a false nine with Raheem (Sterling). I don’t know what’s going to happen, maybe it will happen , but maybe we won’t buy a striker for next season, “Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday.
Agüero “irreplaceable” according to Guardiola
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, maybe we won’t buy a striker for next season. Today, there is a better chance that we won’t buy a striker for next season.” he insisted in remarks reported by Sky Sports, before paying tribute to Agüero, a player he considers “irreplaceable”. Should this be seen as a simple bluff or a real stop to the rumors evoking in particular an interest of Skyblues for Haaland? Borussia Dortmund would claim at least 150 million euros to let go of their Norwegian phenomenon. Too expensive for Manchester City?
In the meantime, the player’s father and his agent Mino Raiola have embarked on a tour of Europe to discuss with clubs determined to recruit Haaland. They were in Spain on Thursday where they met leaders of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.