So it looks like the battle to sign Erling Haaland will be fought over by a number of clubs this summer, including Premier League rivals.
Manchester City and Man United are two teams reportedly interested in Borussia Dortmund’s top striker, who is set to move to a bigger club at the end of the season.
And they will do well to pay for what they need to bring one of Europe’s top scorers to their club.
Pep Guardiola has seen Sergio Aguero leave and then fail to sign Harry Kane and will be hoping to land Haaland due to his connection to the club through his father and former player, Alf Inge. But United have Ralf Rangnick as their manager, a man who has helped them develop at RB Salzburg.
Both will know that whatever price it costs, it might be an idea to suck it up and pay it.
City could actually learn from the events that saw Aguero join them in the first place in 2011.
The Argentine, who ended his last season at Atletico Madrid as the top scorer with 27 goals, inspired a glorious decade of success at the Etihad after accepting a £ 38million transfer from Spain .
But the story could be very different if their Manchester neighbors United decided to fork over money for Aguero.
Sir Alex Ferguson infamously handled the Glazers’ purse strings during his final years at United.
The legendary Red Devils boss recently revealed in an autobiography that Aguero was identified as a target, with Dimitar Berbatov on the verge of exiting and Wayne Rooney in desperate need of support, an issue that would become clear after Fergie left.
However, £ 38million was considered too high for a man who would become one of the Premier League’s biggest foreign imports.
“His agent was demanding a price we weren’t prepared to pay,” Ferguson said. United fans are hoping the £ 64million fee it will cost to land Haaland is not beyond the Premier League’s reach.
Who knows how different the Mancunian trophies would be over the past decade if Aguero joined the red half of town?
Having missed Kane this summer, City could be tempted to push back the boat.
Yes, they do well without a recognized striker, but if City have learned anything over the past decade, it’s that you can’t put a price on a prolific top-level striker.
Haaland is pretty much the closest thing to the guaranteed goals City and United could get, with 13 Bundesliga goals in 12 games this season.
Barcelona and Real Madrid might have something to say though.
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