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Haaland to Man City transfer hinted at by Dortmund advisor Sammer as he makes Guardiola reference during TV appearance

13:05 GMT 16/03/2022
ERLING HAALAND BORUSSIA DORTMUND
German publication BILD, meanwhile, goes as far as saying that the transfer is "imminent" and that City will pay his release clause

Borussia Dortmund advisor Matthias Sammer has hinted that striker Erling Haaland will be joining Manchester City this summer during a TV appearance on Amazon Prime.

Sammer spoke of how Haaland would work with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as he potentially let slip that the transfer is essentially a forgone conclusion.

The Dortmund legend did, however, backtrack somewhat afterwards as he said he hadn't heard anything new about the deal being completed.

What has been said?

Co-host Mario Gomez stated initially: "I'm very excited to see how the Guardiola-Haaland combination will work if it comes to that."

Sammer replied: "They will both benefit from each other. Because Pep, of course – I was able to experience him for three years – has a certain idea. I can also imagine dealing with a centre-forward, no question. But he will also have to learn from the centre-forward."

After the host asked him whether the deal was already done, Sammer said: "I don't know. I was fully focused on this match (Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid)."

He then said: "I didn't hear anything today, yesterday, the day before yesterday. I know City is after him. The numbers – I had whiplash! I passed out. My wife picked me up again. Accordingly, it is possible.”

The bigger picture

Manchester City have emerged as frontrunners for Haaland over the past couple of weeks.

Barcelona and a whole host of Europe's top clubs are also interested in signing the forward, while GOAL can confirm that Real Madrid are planning to lure both the 21-year-old and Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu.

Manchester City, of course, are desperate for a traditional striker after failing to land Harry Kane last summer, with reports in Germany suggesting a deal is close.

Indeed, BILD reported on March 16 that Haaland is now all set to join City and that his Dortmund farewell is "imminent".

The German publication suggests that Guardiola's side will pay Haaland's €75 million (£63m/$82m) release clause to win the race to sign him.

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