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Man City's Striking Options

Pep Guardiola's side have gotten off to a flying start this season despite stumbling in their first Premier League match of the Season against Spurs. After being blanked against Tottenham, Manchester City have found the back of the net 11 times in their last three games.


City's rampant streak continued in their first Champions League group game against Leipzig, when they put 6 past the German side.


Ferran Torres has shown that he can be a legitimate option up front for the reigning Premier League champions. Yet, it still remains likely that City will look to strengthen the Striker position in the future.


So who may City go for?


Erling Haaland


He's the obvious candidate.


The young Norwegian's career has gotten off to a flying start. Just last week, he recorded the 21st Champions League goal of his career. Haaland has scored 50 goals in all competitions across the last two seasons for Borussia Dortmund.


He appears to be a genuine world class player despite only being 21 years old. He also has a release clause that become active next summer for a reported €75 million.


City will have to get in line to secure his signature however, as all of the top clubs across Europe will surely be interested in securing a move for the forward.


Another potential headache for City in their pursuit of Haaland will be his agent Mino Raiola. City's poor relationship with the super agent is well documented, and he'll command a hefty fee to facilitate the transfer of his most sought after client.


Haaland's wage demands will also be something to keep in mind. City have been unwilling to break their wage structure in the past. Will they make an exception for one of the most promising young forwards in recent memory?


Harry Kane


City's failed pursuit of the England captain was well documented throughout last summer. Is it possible they'd make a second run at Spur's prolific goal scorer?


Kane will be another year older by next summer, he'll be 29 at the start of next season. His quality is unquestionable, but the club may look to target younger options.


There's also Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to consider. Levy would not even entertain the idea of selling Kane this past summer.


Would he change his mind if Spurs struggle once again in the Premier League this season? If so, how large of a fee would he command for Kane?


These stumbling blocks, along with Kane's advancing age, may make City look at different options up front.


Dusan Vlahovic


There were rumors that City turned their attention to Vlahovic late in the last transfer window after their pursuit of Kane failed. While it was too late in the window to secure a deal for the Serbian forward last time around, the club may go back in for him if he impresses for Fiorentina once again.


Vlahovic scored 21 goals in 37 appearances for Fiorentina in Serie A last season. He's also young, as he won't turn 22 until January.


Vlahovic would also offer an aerial presence in the opposition penalty area, standing 6' 3". He'd be the first legitimate aerial threat that City have had since Eden Dzeko left the club.


Vlahovic recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina that includes a €70 million buyout clause. City will be able to afford him, but will they be interested?





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