Borussia Dortmund advisor Matthias Sammer appeared to hint at Erling Haaland joining Manchester City this summer, claiming he’s “excited to see how the Guardiola-Haaland combination will work”.
Haaland has been the subject of great transfer speculation in recent weeks, months and years, with his release clause of £68m set to come into effect this summer.
And City appear to have pulled away from their competition with multiple reports suggesting he will join Pep Guardiola’s side.
Sammer seemed to suggest the move was a foregone conclusion in an interview with Amazon Prime, before backtracking and insisting he “didn’t hear anything”.
Co-host Mario Gomez started: “I’m very excited to see how the Guardiola-Haaland combination will work if it comes to that.”
Sammer replied: “They will both benefit from each other. Because Pep, of course – I was able to experience him for three years – has a certain idea. I can also imagine dealing with a centre-forward, no question. But he will also have to learn from the centre-forward.”
After the host asked him whether the deal was already done, Sammer said: “I don’t know. I was fully focused on this match (Man Utd vs Atletico Madrid).”
He then said: “I didn’t hear anything today, yesterday, the day before yesterday. I know City is after him. The numbers – I had whiplash! I passed out. My wife picked me up again. Accordingly, it is possible.”
Meanwhile, Ray Parlour says he would consider subbing Haaland out of the top three forwards in the world right now for Liverpool striker Diogo Jota.
Parlour said: “What he’s done since (Mo) Salah and (Sadio) Mane have been away – Jota has been unbelievable. I think he’s the best number 9 at the moment.
“He’s been absolutely sensational since they (Liverpool) lost Mane and Salah (on international duty in AFCON).
“I like his work rate, they way he conducts himself, his goals he scores and I think he’s going to get better.”
Trying to add perspective, talkSPORT presenter Laura Woods responded to Parlour: “Hang on a minute. Let’s say the top three are (Kylian) Mbappe, Salah and (Erling) Haaland, are you subbing out Haaland for Jota?”
To which Parlour added: “Erm… possibly yes. I think Jota’s been brilliant. What a signing he’s been.”