Manchester City believe their decision not to pursue Harry Kane has been justified by the bargain signing of Erling Haaland, according to reports.
City missed out on Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane last summer after refusing to meet the £160million asking price set by chairman Daniel Levy. Nine months later and the Etihad side have signed one the most exciting forwards in world football for a shade of that price at just £51million, and according to The Sun chiefs at the Etihad are feeling relieved.
The Premier League champions confirmed yesterday that they had reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the Norwegian superstar, 21. Haaland's signing ends Pep Guardiola's search for a successor to Sergio Aguero.
And it also represents a shrewd piece of business by City, with the club set to pay less than a third of what they were being quoted to sign England captain Kane last year. Their patience has been rewarded, and they have not lost out in the meantime.
Despite City's spectacular failure against Real Madrid in the Champions League, they're heavily odds-on to retain their Premier League title after Liverpool's costly slip up against Kane and Tottenham at the weekend.
City fans have also praised the club's savviness in the transfer market. One wrote on Twitter: "Smart move by Man City, they avoided overpaying for Harry Kane last summer and went on to underpay for Haaland."
Someone else said: "Imagine avoiding signing 28 years old Harry Kane for £150m and signing 21 years old Haaland for £52m." As another person commented: "So we could have splashed £150m on Kane, we didn’t and now it’s enabled us land Haaland for £52m. Yet again great business from our board."
City have not had to break their wage structure to land Haaland either. That means he will be on a similar salary to midfield lynchpin Kevin De Bruyne, who is believed to take home around £375,000 a week, according to reports.
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City confirmed the signing of the Dortmund striker in a statement on Monday afternoon. It read: "City can confirm we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Erling Haaland on July 1.
"The transfer remains subject to the club finalising terms with the player." City supporters can now look forward to seeing one of the most exciting young talents on their doorstep next season at a fraction of the cost of Kane.
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