By Noel Whelan

22nd Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Man City tipped to blow Man United and Chelsea away to sign Haaland after '£30m' ESPN update - pundit

Noel Whelan has tipped Manchester City to blow rivals away in the battle to sign Erling Haaland next summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested Pep Guardiola’s side should offer the 21-year-old “what he wants” to secure his capture.

As reported by ESPN (21st October), Haaland is demanding a £500,000-a-week, or £30million-a-year, contract to leave Borussia Dortmund.

The Norway international reportedly has a £63million (€75million) release clause that will activate next summer.

City, Manchester United and Chelsea are said to be among the hitman’s top suitors.

Whelan suggested the reigning Premier League champions should do everything they can to beat their rivals to Haaland’s capture.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “They’ve always had a natural centre-forward. Whether it’s Dzeko, Aguero, etcetera.

“They lost out on Harry Kane, it doesn’t seem that is going to materialise now.

“When you look at the longevity of a player, who’s top of their game right now there’s no better centre-forward in the world than Erling Haaland.

“You look at his age. You’re going have him for five, six, seven years and build the team around them. They’ve got Grealish, they’ve got great midfield players in there.

“I think now they’ll start looking at rebuilding, spending the money in the right areas. You’ve got to replace a striker like Sergio Aguero, who is world-class, with another world-class player.

“That just leaves Haaland, in my opinion. There’s no one else in the world that I could think of now that I’d rather have as my number nine.

“He would absolutely thrive in that team. Give him what he wants. To me, that is a no brainer that Man City pursue that avenue.

“That would be a very, very clever silent.”

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