Manchester City make Erling Haaland No 1 target to replace Sergio Aguero as legendary striker confirms he will leave the Etihad this summer
- Manchester City are bidding farewell to Sergio Aguero this summer
- The out-of-contract star has confirmed he will be moving on from the club
- City need a goal-scoring and will reportedly go all out for Erling Haaland
- The Norwegian’s father once played for the club from 2000 to 2003
Manchester City are set to go all out to make Erling Haaland the long-term replacement for the departing Sergio Aguero this summer.
The club confirmed on Monday evening that club legend Aguero will be moving on at the end of the season, while the player himself put out a personal statement.
It is no secret that City are in the market to replace their all-time top goalscorer and will focus their attention purely on Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Sportsmail understands.
Manchester City are set to go all out to make Erling Haaland Sergio Aguero’s replacement
Haaland, 20, is European football’s most in-demand forward following his prolific exploits in German football and across the Champions League.
City will face stiff competition for Haaland, with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United also fiercely linked.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are also said to be huge admirers of the Norwegian, though are also in the process of structuring funds for an eye-watering move for PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.
Aguero will be leaving at the end of the season and Guardiola knows the void must be filled
Haaland boasts a hugely impressive 25 goals and one assist in 25 Bundesliga matches this season, and has 10 goals from six in the Champions League.
City are hoping emotional leverage will play in their favour for a potential deal, with Haaland’s father Alf-Inge having played for the club between 2000 and 2003.
Haaland snr played 41 times for City during his time in north west England, and was caught up in an infamous rivalry with Manchester United’s Roy Keane which ended up leaving him badly injured in April 2001.
Aguero, who was signed for £35million from Atletico Madrid in 2011, went on to become City’s all-time leading goalscorer, overtaking Eric Brook’s 78-year record of 177 goals.
Season upon season the Argentine has been one of the most prolific scorers in English football, consistently hitting over 25 goals per campaign.
Yet despite this, surprisingly, Aguero has never won the FWA or PFA player of the year awards.
Haaland’s father played for City and was left badly injured by Roy Keane in April 2001
City have confirmed a statue will be built in the honour of the star, who was responsible for bringing home the first Premier League title of the new era with a famous last-gasp goal against Queens Park Rangers in May 2012.
Aguero is said to be considering his options before committing to a club for next season.
Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona remain hotly tipped to bring him back to Spain and pair Aguero with his old friend and international team-mate Lionel Messi, while PSG are also said to have posted an interest.
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