Erling Haaland ‘the perfect move’ for Man City, but German media claim striker is playing ‘a dangerous game’ by hiding injury concerns

Manchester City have been told Erling Haaland will take them to the next level, but in Germany, serious concerns are being raised about the striker’s persistent injuries.

Haaland scored to end a five-game goalless run on Saturday, the longest baron-streak of his Borussia Dortmund career, as his side thumped Wolfsburg 6-1.

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Haaland returned to the scoresheet after an unprecedented baron run

But manager Marco Rose has revealed he will not have scans, and is playing through pain

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But manager Marco Rose has revealed he will not have scans, and is playing through pain

On the same day, prospective suitors Man City were knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool, in a match where Haaland’s goalscoring could have come in handy.

The Norwegian hotshot will be at the center of one of football’s most intense transfer battles this summer as a € 75million [£63m] contractual release clause comes into effect.

City are thought to be one of the front-runners for his signature due to his father’s relationship with the club and their supreme finances, and talkSPORT host Gabby Agbonlahor is convinced the 21-year-old will make a huge difference.

“There’s talk about Haaland and I think Pep [Guardiola] will get what he wants, ”the former Premier League striker said.

“It just seems like the perfect move for both and I’m sure next season we’ll see a different Manchester City with a number nine with Haaland up front.

“I mean with Haaland today, they probably get a result [against Liverpool]. ”


Guardiola may win the race for Haaland

Guardiola may win the race for Haaland

Haaland burst onto the scene in 2020 with Salzburg and Dortmund, and went on to rip apart the Champions League with an astonishing 23 goals in 19 games.

He now looks a certainty to leave Dortmund with the world’s biggest clubs desperate to secure the generational talent, but in Germany, there are fears his future may not be as bright as expected.

The towering forward has played only 26 of a possible 42 games for Dortmund this season with recurring injury struggles, and now his manager Marco Rose has revealed he’s refusing to have scans on his latest ailment.

“You work out with the player how to deal with it,” Rose said. “Do you take pictures? Do not you take pictures? We can not push the boy into the tube if he does not want it for himself. ”

Haaland's season has been plagued by injury

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Haaland’s season has been plagued by injury

Rose added a caveat to his comments by saying Haaland was dealing with his ankle swelling ‘very, very professionally’ but the German media are now questioning his motives.

SPORT1 claims: “The Norwegian and those around him did not want the diagnosis to be published after his last major injury (probably a torn thigh muscle) at the end of January.

“By the way, BVB wanted that very much.

Nevertheless, the club had to submit, officially speaking of “muscular problems”.

“This episode also shows how urgently Haaland wants to avoid being associated with injuries.”

Big clubs may drop out of the race is they're concerned about Haaland's fitness

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Big clubs may drop out of the race is they’re concerned about Haaland’s fitness

Dortmund manager Rose also revealed that Haaland is taking painkillers to play on through his recent injury, which SPORT1 call ‘a dangerous game’ that could be ‘much worse for his mega transfer’.

“If you’re constantly under stress, you’re getting hits, then it does something to the body, that’s very clear,” Rose said.

“He bites his teeth and may take another pill before the game and then it should work.”

With clubs gearing up for the Haaland sweepstakes, Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has recently ruled his team out of the race due to financial restrictions.

This may pave the way for City to have a free run at the striker in the summer, but perhaps Bayern know there’s more to this saga than meets the eye.

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