Pep Guardiola responded to questions on Erling Haaland at a press convention, shortly earlier than Manchester Metropolis introduced they’d reached an settlement with Dortmund for the signing.
Based on Fabrizio Romano, Haaland handed his medical to hitch Metropolis on Monday. He states the charge will probably be nearer to £51million than £64m, as has beforehand been claimed.
On Monday afternoon, a membership assertion revealed talks between Manchester Metropolis and Dortmund had resulted in an ‘agreement in principle’.
It means Haaland will play beneath Guardiola subsequent season, so long as the Residents can kind out private phrases with the striker.
The transfer will see the 21-year-old observe within the footsteps of his father, Alf-Inge Haaland, who made 45 appearances for Metropolis within the early 2000s.
Guardiola and Metropolis will goal to win the Premier League title earlier than Haaland’s arrival this summer time. They’ve a three-point lead on Liverpool with three matches remaining.
The primary of these video games is a visit to Wolves on Wednesday night. On the pre-match press convention, Guardiola was requested about Haaland.
The coach replied (by way of Manchester Night Information): “Everyone is aware of the scenario, I shouldn’t discuss as a result of I don’t like to speak in regards to the future or subsequent season.
Pep Guardiola stays coy on Haaland – for now
“Dortmund and Man Metropolis instructed me I’m not allowed to say something till it’s utterly executed. We’ll have time to speak.”
Guardiola was then quizzed on how a lot enter he has for brand new signings. “I’d love to speak, they inform me don’t say something till the authorized actions [are done],” he replied. “We’ll have time to speak, not as a result of I don’t need [to].”
Haaland appears to be like set to grow to be Sergio Aguero’s true successor within the centre of assault. Gabriel Jesus has executed extraordinarily nicely in current weeks, however he prefers to function out broad.
Guardiola was requested how the addition of a real quantity 9 would enhance his squad. He went on to make an thrilling declare in regards to the Metropolis academy, which has produced the likes of Phil Foden and James McAtee just lately.
“We’ve a quantity 9, now we have new gamers within the squad, some from the academy who [will] come up subsequent season,” Guardiola stated. “New gamers at all times assist me attempt to be stronger. Not a very good defender will clear up defensive issues and never a very good striker will clear up scoring issues.
“Since day one it’s like this, other than one interval initially of the season, we rating tons and concede few.
“The membership at all times has to have a imaginative and prescient for the long run. The choice the membership takes I’m at all times conscious [of] and 100 per cent supportive.”
Guardiola then gave an replace on the health of his squad forward of the Wolves conflict. “Nothing modified after the sport in opposition to Newcastle,” he revealed.
“We’re who we’re for the following three video games with the gamers now we have. We’ve issues in a single division, the others will clear up it.”
Elsewhere, Barcelona boss Xavi has seemingly taken a dig at Haaland for selecting Metropolis over the Spanish membership.