Manchester City are leading the race for Erling Haaland this summer, because they have the money to secure him from Borussia Dortmund should they agree to let him leave.

That’s according to SportBILD journalist Christian Falk, who says the club are weighing up whether to move for Haaland or Harry Kane.

Manchester City are expected to be on the hunt for a new striker this summer, having watched Sergio Aguero spend most of the season on the sidelines, and Gabriel Jesus struggle to fill the void left by the Argentine.

They have succeeded in playing without a true number nine for much of the campaign, but it is felt the issue will be resolved with big-money signing in the transfer window.

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Several of Europe’s top strikers have subsequently been linked with a move, and Haaland is one of them, having continued his remarkable goalscoring form at Dortmund this season.

Indeed, it has been claimed he could picture himself moving to the Etihad if it was offered, and thus City were at the front of the queue for his signature.

Falk now backs that up, claiming it’s a simple case of economics and finances on offer to Pep Guardiola and co.

“That’s a classic true. It’s actually quite simple in the times of Corona,” he told BILD.

“Chelsea would also have the money, but at the moment, they’re finding themselves a little bit behind City internationally in terms of development; they already suspect that it will be more difficult to get Haaland.

“They will bid, but it will be difficult. Similarly, United are not one of the top clubs in Europe at the moment.  I don’t think Liverpool can either; they lack the necessary funds.

“Manchester City have a luxury situation that they think about, do we bid for Harry Kane, or do we bid for Haaland, or both?

“If they try, both are not easy, but it just shows what kind of power is behind them

“The only one they have to fear in the end is maybe Real Madrid, but they also have a bit of money problems, so City are high favourites for Haaland if Dortmund sells him in the summer.”