MANCHESTER CITY are poised to unleash Erling Haaland AND Julian Alvarez in the Premier League next season.
Pep Guardiola’s champions have scored more goals than any other top team in Europe this season – he has scored 150 goals in all competitions.
But the Catalan manager still plans to shake things up with two new faces for his next silverware campaign.
Norwegian superstar Haaland was at the Etihad Campus on Wednesday to put the finishing touches on his £51.4million move from Borussia Dortmund.
He will also be assisted in pre-season training by River Plate’s Argentina international Alvarez.
Guardiola will keep a close eye on the 22-year-old striker, who is said to be one of the hottest prospects in South America.
He was signed for £14million on January transfer deadline day but was allowed to stay at his current club until the summer.
According to City CEO Ferran Soriano, several clubs have already asked to loan the player out next season.
However, he says the current plan is for him to remain in the Etihad squad next season and be part of the first-team squad.
Soriano said: “We’ve had a lot of offers from clubs to loan Julian Alvarez – but he won’t go.
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“He will do the pre-season with us and I think he will stay. Barcelona were not among those interested.”
Alvarez enjoyed a successful season in his home country, scoring 26 goals in 39 games in all competitions.
His arrival – along with Haaland – could spell bad news for one of the three forwards entering the final 12 months of their contracts at Etihad.
Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez are all waiting to see if City will offer them new deals or listen to offers for them this summer.
Brazil star Jesus, 25, appears to be the most likely to make way in pre-season, with Arsenal and Tottenham chasing his signature among a host of clubs.
Any further money raised will likely be spent on strengthening other areas of Guardiola’s squad.
Soriano confirmed earlier this week that the champions will try to bring in a central midfielder to replace Fernandinho, 37, this summer.
City have ruled out moves for Frenkie de Jong at Barca and West Ham’s talisman Declan Rice.
However, Guardiola remains interested in a deal for Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips.
However, that move for the Englishman is now becoming more difficult after his club avoided relegation they feared on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season.
Striker Haaland has spent the last few days in Manchester and also visited his new team at City Football Academy yesterday.
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