Man City Eyes January Striker Signing Amid Erling Haaland’s Injury Woes

Manchester City considers a January transfer for a striker if Erling Haaland's foot injury persists, say sources.

Manchester City is considering entering the January transfer market for a new striker if Erling Haaland’s foot injury worsens, sources have informed Football Insider. While there’s no urgency to finalize deals mid-season, City’s transfer policy may be influenced by injuries as they trail behind title rivals.

Haaland, who missed the recent 2-1 win over Luton, is dealing with a “bone stress reaction” following the midweek defeat at Aston Villa. Guardiola, City’s manager, has characterized the injury as “week-to-week” rather than a long-term concern, expressing hope for a potential return against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The well-placed source has revealed that City has the financial resources if Pep Guardiola opts to explore the transfer market in January. Despite the availability of Julian Alvarez as an alternative striker, he possesses a different playing profile compared to Haaland.

Alvarez, primarily operating as an attacking midfielder this season, has contributed eight goals and eight assists across all competitions. However, the potential absence of Haaland’s prolific goal-scoring prowess may prompt City to assess their attacking options during the January window.

As injuries can shape City’s transfer decisions, the club remains vigilant about Haaland’s recovery timeline. The Norwegian striker has been instrumental, scoring 19 goals in 22 appearances this season, marking his second campaign at the Etihad Stadium.

While Guardiola remains optimistic about Haaland’s return, the club’s readiness to explore the market underscores the importance of depth and adaptability in their pursuit of Premier League success.

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