Manchester City could decide to pull out of the race to sign Erling Haaland in case it causes friction in their dressing room, according to reports.
Haaland is extremely likely to be on the move this summer when his £68m release clause becomes active in the summer transfer window.
There have been many months of speculation surrounding where the Borussia Dortmund striker will end up with Man City recently emerging as the favourites to land him.
Multiple reports last month suggested City were pulling away from the competition although one Spanish newspaper insisted that Haaland had turned down a ‘big offer’ of €600,000 a week (£500,000 a week).
And now Spanish publication Nacional insists that Pep Guardiola has a ‘problem’ that could send Haaland ‘directly to Real Madrid or Barcelona’.
They describe the possibility of a move to Man City as ‘very complicated’ despite appearing to be the big favourite to land the Norway international.
Man City have everything to impress Haaland but the ‘enormous discontent that the arrival of the Borussia Dortmund star would cause’ could put the deal in jeopardy.
Nacional claim that some of the Man City squad ‘would not be satisfied seeing a newcomer become the highest paid’ player at the club and it ‘might even threaten to leave’.
‘Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, and especially Kevin de Bruyne’ are the ‘most prominent cases’ which could ‘cripple the operation’ to bring Haaland to the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola ‘will have to decide if it is worth jeopardising the good atmosphere in the locker room, just to bring Haaland’ while his injury record is apparently also a cause for concern.
Speaking about the renewed speculation around Haaland to City, Guardiola said a couple of weeks ago: “Since I’m here, every month we are going to sign 50 players. Right now, it’s impossible I’m going to talk about some guys who aren’t here. Haaland is a Dortmund player.
“You can ask for this player or another one. The transfer window is going to start and many things will happen.
“Maybe I speak about this club needs a striker for the next 5, 6, 7 years maybe once in 12 months. I’m not going to be the guy with the success because we didn’t have a striker.
“It’s important that if you play good, seven or eight players arrive in the box. This is the best way.”
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