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.
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“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.
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“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.