Manchester City’s record scorer Sergio Aguero is leaving in the summer; on the latest Pitch to Post Preview Podcast, News reporter Ben Ransom explains why Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, and Romelu Lukaku are the type of striker City want to replace him.
It was announced this week record scorer Aguero would be leaving City in the summer at the end of his contract and the signs are the club will make a big-money move in the transfer market to replace their star striker.
Borussia Dortmund’s Haaland is wanted by a number of top clubs and Ransom believes City will be targeting a player in his mould – a central forward with physicality and presence. And they will be prepared to spend big to do it.
Here’s what he told the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast
Man City have definitely been scouting for this moment. They realised Aguero was coming to the end of his City career two seasons ago. He was slightly hampered by injury then, he wasn’t quite the same player we’d seen before that.
“But if you have aspirations to turn yourself from the most successful club in England, in terms of winning the title, to the biggest and best in the world, then you have to be looking on the global scale.
They as a club and the ownership group definitely want Champions League success. To do that you need to have the best players in Europe. I think a striker is where they realise they could make a big stride. If you look at the number of goals Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have scored between them this year, it’s not enough.
“There are some great options this summer. Just like all the big clubs in the world, they’ve looked at Erling Haaland. No surprise. He fits the bill. And I think City, judging by the players they’ve scouted, they’re looking for someone in that mould.
They’re looking for more of a central striker, someone with a bit of physicality and presence, someone who is able to link play but has that goal-scoring instinct.
“Harry Kane is another name that’s been talked about. Perhaps he offers a bit more all-round than Haaland, we’ve seen him getting assists and dropping deeper, but essentially they’re both of a presence. Both can finish, both love scoring goals, and both have a track record of doing so.
“They’d both be more than £100m, I’d have thought, which is where City are going to have some challenges.
Then the other players City have looked at, Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez… they are all of the same type of mould, even Danny Ings, he’s a player that is a central striker and they clearly want someone who can be in and around the box and score goals. That’s the kind of player they’re profiling.
“They looked to try to do something last summer but with the pandemic, it made absolutely no sense to go big in the market – and if they win the title again and perhaps even the quadruple it’s hard to argue with that decision! But this summer, I think it’s absolutely the priority to bring in someone like that.
“The wheels will be in motion, there’s no doubt about that. City don’t buy someone on a whim. They scout extensively, they have a lot of discussions, and as opposed to some of the other clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United, they do have to balance financial fair play a little bit more because they’ve not quite had the historical revenues the biggest clubs on the planet have had.
“As much as City have a hugely wealthy ownership group, the rules prevent you from spending all of that money.
“City have to be smart every transfer window, and they have been smart. The fact their transfer record is still Riyad Mahrez at £65m, that seems ludicrous as half the Premier League has a transfer record close to, if not above that. All the big clubs have for sure – and that applies right across Europe. The fact City have never gone to £70m, £80m, £90m is remarkable I think.