By Chukwuka Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Pep Guardiola raised the prospect of Manchester City smashing their transfer record to sign a striker.
City are on the hunt for Sergio Aguero’s replacement and identified Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland as their top target earlier in the season.
Guardiola has talked openly about the financial demands being placed on them by selling clubs but suggested for the first time on Monday that City could break the £62million record spent on Ruben Dias.
Haaland has 33 goals in 32 games this season and became the youngest-ever player to reach 20 Champions League strikes.
‘He’s exceptional but it’s not appropriate for me to talk about him,’ Guardiola added before being pressed on the 20-year-old’s qualities.
‘The numbers speak for themselves. He can score right, left, counter attacks, in the box, headers. He’s a fantastic striker, everyone knows it. A blind guy can realise he’s a good striker, it’s not necessary to be a manager.’
City are aiming to reach the last four of this competition for the first time under Guardiola and his holding midfielder, Rodri, claimed they are expecting an explosive first leg with Dortmund.