| 10.9°C Dublin

city spree Manchester City identify their chief transfer target - and it's not Erling Haaland

Close

Pep Guardiola would have no complaints if Manchester City do not sign a striker this summer (Michael Regan/PA)

Pep Guardiola would have no complaints if Manchester City do not sign a striker this summer (Michael Regan/PA)

Pep Guardiola would have no complaints if Manchester City do not sign a striker this summer (Michael Regan/PA)

Manchester City could be ready to walk away from the auction to sign Erling Haaland - as they have made Aston Villa's Jack Grealish their top transfer target.

City are viewed as one of a handful of clubs in world football who could consider a mega-money move to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland this summer.

Yet City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted his club will not be able to afford to sign Haaland, as he admitted he may not sign a striker to replace the departing Sergio Aguero.

Grealish has now emerged as Guardiola's £75million dream signing, with a source informing the Sunday World that Aston Villa are fully aware of City's interest in the former Ireland underage international.

Villa will be desperate to hang on to the playmaker, but a big-money offer from City may be too much for the 25-year-old to resist.

Guardiola has stated on several occasions that City will not look to sign Haaland this summer, as he believes the club will not spend in excess of £10million on one player.

"The fact we have not spent, for one player, a lot of money, gives you advantage," said the City boss.

"Football is a team game, everyone makes his contribution. It's not just one player, it's for absolutely everyone.

"So far the club has decided not to spend close to £100million for a player, or more than £100million on a player.

"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, for many reasons, but so far the club, the organisation, the CEO, the sporting director decided not to do it and that's why they didn't do it."

"He's fantastic, everyone knows it," he added of Haaland.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

"A blind guy can realise he's fantastic, it's not necessary to be a manager to realise it.

"The strikers who score goals are going to score more goals when they are in our box. When they have more minutes as far as away from our box, they have less chances."

Villa will be desperate to hang on to Grealish, but a big-money offer from City may be too much for the 25-year-old to resist for a midfielder who has also been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Online Editors


Privacy