Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hands Man Utd and Chelsea welcome Erling Haaland boost

Manchester City manager has given Chelsea and Manchester United hopes of signing Erling Halaand as he ruled out Man City for making a move for the striker.

Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, and agent, Mino Raiola, flew into Barcelona yesterday to hold showdown talks with Catalan chiefs.

But Guardiola has categorically ruled out a move for the 20-year-old, even though club-record goalscorer Sergio Aguero is set to leave at the end of the season.

“With these prices it’s impossible – we cannot afford it,” said Guardiola. “That’s not going to happen.

“All the clubs struggle financially and we are not an exception. We have Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres, players in the academy and we can play with a false nine.

“I don’t know what will happen. Maybe we will not buy one. Today, there is more chance that we will not buy one.

“We have enough players in the first team and interesting players, and, with the world economy, it’s possible that we will not sign a striker for next season.”

City withdrawing from talks will be a huge boost to United and Chelsea because the youngster has dreams of playing in the Premier League.

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