Erling Braut Haaland has scored 14 goals in 14 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund this season
With the January window closed, all transfer talk now focuses on the summer – and, with that, comes the question of whether Erling Braut Haaland will leave Borussia Dortmund.
A move to the Premier League has long been mooted for the Norway international, much of this owing to his father Alfe-Inge’s successful playing career in England.
“One day, Erling wants to play in the Premier League,” his father has said. “I don’t know when the timing will be ideal.”
So, if Haaland were to venture to England, which side would suit him best and which club would benefit the most?
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Aside from his father’s playing connection with the club, there is a sense next summer could be the transfer window Manchester City end their four-year period without signing a striker.
Sergio Aguero’s contract expires at the end of the season and Gabriel Jesus’ inconsistencies and injuries mean City cannot rely on him to be the sole replacement for the Argentine.
Jesus’ finishing has been one of the main concerns – since the start of last season the 23-year-old has underperformed his Premier League expected goals tally by 6.97goals(in short, he has scored seven fewer goals than would be expected from the chances presented to him).
In contrast, Haaland is overperforming by 6.83 goals since joining Dortmund, which is almost a 14-goal swing between the pair.
Haaland joined Dortmund in January 2020 from Red Bull Salzburg
A recent tactical development in City’s attacking play also potentially makes the transfer more viable.
In recent Premier League games, manager Pep Guardiola has opted to play at least one wide man on the flank of his stronger foot.
This has resulted in the team attacking more like they did in the 2017-18 season, when they achieved 100 points. In particular, Phil Foden down the left and Raheem Sterling…