According to a source close to FootballTransfers, Manchester City intends to sell Erling Haaland and replace him with Youssoufa Moukoko “sooner rather than later.”
Haaland, who moved to the Premier League from Dortmund in a €60 million transfer last summer, has had an incredible debut, scoring 28 goals in 26 games.
The Norwegian, according to experts like Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher, doesn’t play in Pep Guardiola’s favored style of play, and it appears the Catalan coach would prefer to start another Dortmund youngster up front.
Youssoufa Moukoko of Borussia Dortmund has been a target for Manchester City for more than a year, a person with knowledge of the matter told FootballTransfers insider Steve Kay.
“Pep sees him as the long-term replacement for Erling Haaland, who Guardiola does not see as the club’s long-term future.
“I’ve been informed that Txiki Begiristain was the main force behind getting Haaland to Manchester and that Haaland wasn’t a Pep signing.
“It was agreed with Haaland that he would be sold. In a few years, making a huge profit for City.
Moukoko is regarded as the ideal replacement
“City paid £51.2m for him with the intention of selling him in a few years for close to £200m. Pep sees Moukoko as the ideal successor because it fits the style of play he prefers.
Pep Guardiola compares Moukoko to players like Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero.
“The last word is on Haaland’s contract, which expires in 2027 but is rumored to be extended until 2028 with a weekly salary of 500,000. He will be worth about £240M under his new contract.
“I’m also informed that Haaland decided against joining Real Madrid because they believed they would acquire [Kylian] Mbappe.
All indications point to Erling joining Real Madrid sooner rather than later, he says.
Moukoko, who is only 18 years old, has played in 18 Bundesliga games this season and has contributed to 10 goals—six goals and four assists—in that time. Had he not extended his contract in January to 2026, he would have been a free agent this summer.