Manchester — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club could break its transfer record and spend more than £100m on a player, amid speculation over the future of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
With Sergio Aguero leaving the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, City have been linked with Haaland in British media reports and Guardiola will get a closer look at the Norwegian on the pitch in Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg.
Though City have been the biggest spenders in Europe over the past decade, they are yet to buy a player for a world record amount and their highest fee paid is £64m for Ruben Dias to Benfica in September.
Guardiola last week described the prospect of another record-breaking transfer in the close season as “impossible”, though on Monday he softened that stance by claiming a £100m signing was possible.
“So far the club has decided not to spend not close to £100m for a player, or more than that on a player,” Guardiola told a news conference. “Maybe in the future it is going to happen if they decide it is necessary to improve the team for the next five, 10 years.”
Media reports said Dortmund could demand a fee of about €180m for Haaland, who has scored 33 goals for the club in all competitions this season. Guardiola refused to talk about the prospect of signing Norway international Haaland but hailed the 20-year-old’s “exceptional” qualities.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” Guardiola said. “When that happens it’s because he can score with the right, the left, the counterattacks, in the box.”
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