The summer transfer window has been shut less than a month, but the rumour mill about possible January transfers has already begun. And once again, it features Manchester City’s hunt for a new striker.
It’s no secret that the blues tried to replace outgoing legend Sergio Aguero with England captain Harry Kane over the summer, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy playing hardball over any potential transfer, resulting in the blues moving forward without a recognised striker in the side.
It hasn’t stopped the blues scoring 24 goals from 7 matches played and hitting at least 5 goals on four occasions. And while City have gone from strength to strength without a striker, it’s worth noting that Kane, who Levy valued at £150m, is yet to find the target in the Premeir League this season.
However, a player of Haaland’s capabilities does not come round often, and with a rumoured £60m clause in his contract that becomes active in January, it’s no surprise that City have again been linked with a winter swoop.
And former Premier League striker Carlton Palmer believes a deal has already been struck between the blues and Borussia Dortmund, that will see the big striker join City in January.
“I think they’ll have probably already wrapped that deal up for the January transfer window,” Palmer told TIF. “I’d be surprised if the Haaland deal’s not done. Knowing that he’s going to be available at the end of the season, they might even give £100m for Haaland so Dortmund get an extra £40m to let him out at Christmas.”
It would certainly make sense for the German club to make an early cash in on their prized asset, knowing they could get more for the striker now than they would next summer. But Dortmund may decide to go down the path that PSG have taken with Kylian Mbappe. The French side rejected a huge offer from Real Madrid for the France international, knowing that he would be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Dortmund may follow suit in the hope Haaland will agree a new contract, and a higher release clause, to keep him out of City’s clutches.
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