It’s no lie to say that Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest coaches in soccer history, as he’s won everything that he’s played in all the teams he’s been, except for the Champions League, as couldn’t win it with Bayern Munich and is the only title that he hasn’t been able to obtain with Manchester City.
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Even if last season the Citizens were close to finally win it, a goal from Kay Havertz prevented Guardiola from winning the Champions League once again and instead it was Chelsea who became champions. For the current season, they’re seeded on the semifinals, where City will face Real Madrid.
But Guardiola knows that a semifinal is not enough and even if they have real possibilities of making it to their second final in a row, he’s already planning next season, either to be contenders once again or to defend their first Champions League.
That’s why Manchester City has become one of the top teams pursuing the addition of Erling Haaland, as the Norwegian striker is playing his last season with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. Even if Real Madrid and Barcelona were the top contenders, in recent days the Citizens have won the advantage.
A Mexican will join Haaland as a Citizen
According to reports from Diario As, Haaland has agreed to start negotiating with Manchester City, the first team that he’s given green light to have conversations directly with him, making the Premier League his next destination.
Manchester City will have to pay $75 million to BVB to acquire him, but giving his talent and his age, the investment seems to be minimal, especially since his market value is set at $162 million, more than the double of his release clause.
But Pep knows that the addition of Haaland is not enough, which is why he’s also looking for other prospects, including Mexican American striker Alexis Alcalá, who already travelled to England to tryout with the Citizens.
Who is Alex Alcalá?
Alex Alcalá is a 16-year-old striker that currently plays for LA Galaxy II, the Galaxy reserves team where he already debuted. Alcalá has a pre agreement with the Citizens to join them as soon as he turns 18, given the FIFA limitations to sign underage players.