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Lundekvam: Man City seek Haaland and Messi X-factor

Monday21 December 2020 | 14:18
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Former Norway international considers Haaland as a ‘world class’ transfer possibility for the Citizens.

Manchester United were one of the clubs that were interested in signing

Erling Haaland

back in the January transfer window of 2020. The Norwegian star ended up joining

Borussia Dortmund

and has managed to score 33 goals in his 32 appearances for the German side.

Claus Lundekvam

sees Manchester City as another English club that would try to sign the 20-year-old in the future.

“I can see him playing for the biggest clubs in the world, absolutely.

“He is such good form, he is so direct and he’s a world-class attacker at the moment. To put the goals away, Erling Haaland would be a certain asset for Manchester City.

“I’m sure Pep is looking at him, and is looking at Messi and some X-factor striker who can put these chances away. That is what they need.

“He’s just joined Dortmund. He’s on fire there, he’s really happy there. He’s really close to his dad and I think for his development to stay at Dortmund this season is probably clever.

“For him to go to one of the best clubs in the world, and City being one of them, it could happen.

“Performance talks, and money talks. If he gets a chance to go to City and Pep is keen on bringing him in, even in the summer, he can’t turn down Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. It will be interesting to see.”

Asked about Manchester City’s reduced firepower, Lundekvam responded:

“For me, they are very solid defensively and maybe that has gone out of the attack a little bit,

“For me, they are still dominating games in large parts but they are not creating these clear-cut chances we are used to. They were opening up

teams for fun, especially at home, and were creating 20 chances - then you will score, two, three, four or five goals.

“Kevin De Bruyne looks a little bit frustrated and for me David Silva was such a key player – a genius on the ball, so creative – and he’s a big loss for them. But there are so many match-winning players there.

“We are not going to write Man City off, not at all, but they are lacking that cutting edge in front of goal. Maybe some of their players are not in as good form as they used to be. They can turn over any side, though, when it clicks for them they are extremely good.”

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