City move to Haaland, Arsenal and Vlahovic, Cantwell can go – The Athletic

It’s that time of year when you ask about transfers and I do my best to answer them. Thanks for the hundreds of responses. I have selected the topics on which I can give the best and most in-depth answers and I hope you will enjoy. We will of course be keeping you updated through The Athletic on these and other transfer stories throughout the month of January.

Hi David. Regarding Manchester City, is there a list of names they are looking for as a striker? Rehan S

City have no plans to sign anyone in January, Rehan, but next summer we should certainly expect business to be done. They are likely to sign a left-back and a central midfielder, but the biggest expense will most likely be directed to a striker.

I understand City’s first-choice target is Erling Haaland and while the competition for his signing is sure to be fierce, the reigning Premier League champions will do their utmost to secure the prolific Borussia Dortmund forward.

City plan to hold meetings with Haaland representatives over the coming weeks and months, but whether the 21-year-old Norwegian opts for a move to Etihad Stadium or not is another matter.

There is a feeling that Real Madrid pose the biggest threat to City, but if the Spaniards manage to acquire Kylian Mbappe it could deter Haaland from doing the same. Several sources reject Barcelona’s ability to take on a serious challenge and although Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are potential destinations, City can be confident that they will provide a more attractive proposition.

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