Manchester City will not pursue Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain this season. The Athletic reports that the Citizens are considering taking in Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland. Inter striker Romelu Lukaku is also a goal for the club.
The Frenchman’s massive wage demands are the main explanation for City’s lack of interest in him. The club does not want to deviate from its pay structure, nor do they want to risk destabilizing the team’s locker room culture by bringing in such a high-paid player.
Mbappe aspires to be paid the same as PSG’s other striker, Neymar. With that in mind, it’s more likely that Mbappe will leave PSG in the summer of 2022 when his contract expires, but the Parisians will do whatever they can to keep their prized asset.
In that sense, a change to Haaland would be more unusual. Chelsea, Man United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Barcelona are all interested in signing him. There are concerns about City’s ability to work with Mino Raiola, the agent who represents the Norwegian.
Provided that the striker’s father was a member of the club, it is anticipated that the issue will be resolved.
However, his next contract is expected to pay about £600,000 a week.
Should Mbappe, 22, become available on a free transfer next year, a step for him could become more feasible.
However, for the time being, Haaland is a more appealing offer for City officials.
The Sky Blues are one of six clubs that the 20-year-entourage old’s is considering for his next step away from Borussia Dortmund.
The Etihad club has previously had issues with Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola.
However, their partnership with the striker’s father Alf-Inge, who played at Eastlands from 2000 to 2003, should help to alleviate their problems.
When a termination clause of his deal expires in the summer of 2022, Haaland will be available for £65 million.
However, the Norwegian striker, who has 45 goals in 46 games for Dortmund, could leave earlier… and for a much higher fee.
In addition to City, Haaland is considering Manchester United, Liverpool, Juventus, Real Madrid, and Barcelona.