The Norwegian is still linked to a move to the Etihad Stadium, and two former Manchester City players believe he has all the attributes for success
The two former Manchester City players discussed the growing talents of Erling Halland, while the Norwegian is still linked to the summer hit in the Premier League.
Paul Dickov and Andy Morrison joked that the Borussia Dortmund striker possesses all the attributes that his father – a former City-Alfa teammate – does not, although they believe the former midfielder’s professional attitude and mentality shine through in his son.
Pep Guardiola’s team, who saw Holland up close during the first game against Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, is among a group of elite clubs believed to be considering the 20-year-old’s move.
What did Dick and Morrison say about Holland?
Speaking to City’s official website about Halland’s mid-week performance at the Etihad and his memories of former teammate Alf-Inge, Dick joked: “Erling is everything his father isn’t, he’s a goal scorer, right foot, left foot, fast, good-looking . “
More seriously, the former Scotland striker added: “Alf-Inge came in and did a really good job for us.
“He was a midfielder box-to-box, who loved to get challenged, anchor with a weird goal and was just a good character.
“Technically he may not have been the best, but he made up for it in a desire to help in the games.”
Former City captain Morrison said: “Alf-Inge was a very private person, very professional and meticulous in behavior.
“I am sure that these qualities will be instilled in his son as well; he was a super athlete who could move around the field and had a very strong mentality that came from a very strong upbringing.
“Alf-Inge was great, he was both a good guy and strong in the locker room.”
Dortmund currently have no plans to sell Halland this summer and consider him crucial to their future under coach Marc Rose.
However, a failure in qualifying for the Champions League could force them to their advantage, while agent Mina Raiola’s very public tour of Europe to hold talks with several clubs has spurred proposals for a transfer that could go this summer.
Haaland has obvious ties to Manchester City through his father, although Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are believed to want to sign him.
Any deal, although it would be very costly, remains to be seen whether any club would be willing to sanction such a big deal given that football finances are still spinning from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.
The release clause worth the reported 75 million euros (67 million pounds / 92 million US dollars) will also start next year, which means that the transfer in 2022 will be more probable.