Manchester City, along with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, represent the “next step” in Erling Halaand’s career when he leaves Borussia Dortmund, according to the forward’s agent Mino Raiola, who has suggested Manchester United was not an option.
Haaland is considered the best young striker in Europe and is a target for City as Pep Guardiola looks to replace Sergio Agüero, the club’s top scorer who left at the end of the season.
United came close to signing the Norwegian in January 2019 before moving to Dortmund, but Raiola has said the only English club of interest now is City.
“He can and will take the next step,” Raiola told German television station Sport1. “Bayern, Real, Barcelona, City – these are the big clubs he can go to. City have won the league five times in recent years, far more than United. When we moved to Dortmund we all knew that step would come. “
When asked how long it will take for a move to happen, Raiola said: “Maybe this summer, maybe next summer. But there’s a good chance Erling will be leaving this summer.
Guardiola closed a question when asked about Raiola’s comment. “Next question,” said the City manager. “Don’t ask me about it – I’m not going to answer.”