Man City player ratings: Man City 5-0 Arsenal
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Manchester City will be desperate to get revenge on their bitter rivals Manchester United next summer after they were snubbed by Cristiano Ronaldo last week. The Portuguese star looked as if he would be heading to Pep Guardiola’s side, before his former club swooped in and signed the forward from Juventus.
Ronaldo’s snub means Premier League champions are still without a direct replacement for Sergio Aguero, after the forward left the club for Barcelona in June.
City had been linked with a move to sign Harry Kane all summer but the 28-year-old confirmed he was staying at Spurs last week.
Gabriel Jesus remains as the only recognised striker at the club, while Ferran Torres has been used in a more advanced role in City’s first three Premier League games.
Guardiola’s side would get the sweetest revenge on their neighbours should they beat them to the signature of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
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The Norwegian forward has been the subject of reported interest from some of the biggest names in world football, but the 21-year-old will be staying at Dortmund this summer.
However, Haaland is expected to depart the club next summer when his £64million release clause comes into play.
All the major clubs around Europe will once again be sniffing around the youngster, but the two Manchester clubs will feel they are in a good position to snatch the forward from the others grasp.
One thing United have going for them is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already knows the striker well after managing Haaland when the pair were at Molde.
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According to Manchester Evening News, City have now made it their priority to bring Haaland to the Etihad Stadium next summer.
The oulet claim City could be in pole position to sign the forward, as rivals around them will either not have the necessary funds or desire to bring Haaland to their club.
Haaland scored a staggering 41 goals in 41 appearances for Dortmund last season and has already bagged six in five games in the current campaign.
When asked about the Norwegian in April ahead of City’s Champions League tie Dortmund, Guardiola was full of praise for the forward.
“To score that number of goals at his age is not easy. He’s 20 years old and the numbers speak for themselves,” Guardiola said.
“When that happens it’s because he can score with the right, the left, via counterattacks, in the box. He’s a fantastic striker, everyone knows it.”
Howvever, the City boss was quite to dismiss any speculation linking Haaland with a move to his side.
“I understand completely people ask about Haaland because of course he’s an exceptional striker but you understand it’s not appropriate for me to talk about a player from another club,” said Guardiola.
“The only thing I can say is that he is an exceptional striker. With his age, he is an exceptional striker. He’s a fantastic player – that’s all.”
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