Manchester City are making plans to recruit strikers in the 2021/2022 winter transfer market. The absence of Sergio Aguero is felt to be quite impactful, especially in the attacking sector.
Manchester City won the Premier League last season with minimal contribution from a pure striker. They only have Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
Continuing to this season, Pep Guardiola is optimizing the winger or attacking midfielder as a false 9. Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, even Phil Foden are often placed as a central striker.
With Sergio Aguero leaving for Barcelona in the summer, plus Ferran Torres earlier this month, City have little choice up front.
At the moment of the 2021/2022 winter transfer market, Manchester City are reportedly ready to bring in a striker. There are three options that are widely discussed.
Haaland Becomes the Main Option
According to Athletic , Erling Haaland is top of the list, which would be a blow to rivals Manchester United, along with many other clubs, with Alexander Isak and Dusan Vlahovic being the other two options.
Haaland will almost certainly leave Borussia Dortmund this summer and at one time or another he has been linked with each of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Other reports claim his agent Mino Raiola has agreed to send him to Barcelona, but that seems unlikely either, given their money issues and the fact that the Norwegian will cost around £250m in total.
Manchester City’s ability to spend big money, and the fact that Erling’s father Alf Inge once played for them, could make them the perfect destination for the 21-year-old who has scored 53 goals in 53 Bundesliga appearances.
Isak dan Vlahovic
If it fails to recruit Haaland, Isak and Vlahovic will also be good choices for Guardiola. Both are considered as two of the most attractive young strikers in Europe.
Isak may not be as fierce as when he was at Real Sociedad, but the Swedish striker is in excellent form, scoring 17 goals last season in La Liga.
Vlahovic is one of Europe’s hottest properties at the moment, having scored 37 goals in 56 Serie A games since the start of last season, with a number of clubs interested.
The report also notes that Harry Kane is still an option as well, after the club failed to sign him from Tottenham Hotspur last summer.