Erling Haaland Man City revelations, toast to Adama Traore and other deadline day ‘predictions’ – Dominic Farrell

In September 2008, Manchester City were at the center of the most astonishing deadline day ever.

The immediate impact of the Abu Dhabi United Group’s takeover to persuade Alex Ferguson to kidnap Dimitar Berbatov (a kind) and the repercussions have been felt in English and European football ever since.

However, it seems that City more or less decided at the time that they were done giving us any real deadline day entertainment, and this Monday will probably not be any different.

Although Julian Alvarez’s signature from River Plate is confirmed, one has been in the pipeline for more than a week.

The Blues is a clinically effective and well-run operation – the kind of club that tends not to get involved in any last ditch hoo-ha in the transfer market. Did anyone say “boring”?

In any case, you do not need surprising signatures to make deadline day something worth following – is it not true that Manchester City fans scroll their phone and read this?

With that in mind, here are four The city is ours deadline day “predictions” of varying degrees of seriousness.

Erling Haaland is a blue

Daily gossip about Borussia Dortmund hotshot Erling Haaland has been a regular part of this window, but that saga will only really become cooking in the summer.

In the meantime, we can look for clues, hints and more that suggest that Erling is ready to follow in his father Alf-Inge’s footsteps and turn towards City.


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We have all seen the pictures of a young Haaland in a replica City jersey and one of him at the League Cup final in 2014 with his father.

Eagle-eyed observers noticed that Haaland was wearing City in the background of an Instagram story the other week. So expect more of this on deadline day – an old picture of Erling blowing an inflatable banana in the air while watching a Shaun Goater DVD, perhaps?

Gio delicious

As the clock ticks down, leaders can become desperate when it comes to securing their desired goals.

City will certainly hope that Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst does not decide to act from the bottom of the pile when it comes to his apparent interest in borrowing James McAtee.

Van Bronckhorst gained access to CFG after leaving Feyenoord in 2019 to get a sneak peek at City’s inner functions.

“Give me the boy McAtee, or I’ll leak Pep’s 250-page PowerPoint on reverse backers and fake nines!” is the phone call Txiki Begiristain absolutely does not want to receive.



James McAtee is keen on a loan this month
James McAtee is keen on a loan this month

Adam good trade

When he’s not on the golf course, Pep Guardiola likes to spend his time collecting expensive bottles of wine.

While we’re considering some potential salt-of-the-earth hobbies for the Blues boss, we have to imagine him considering sending a case about the good stuff to his old friend Joan Laporta. Bruno Lage may also have some.

Why? Well, Adama Traore – Manchester City’s inexplicable scourge – has been loaned to Barcelona from the Wolves until the end of the season for a permanent switch.

This means that on April 16, when City travel to Molineux, we will be spared the semi-annual spectacle where the erratic winger becomes Superman.

And Barcelona do Month than a chaos of their group campaign means there is also no chance of Traore destroying City in the Champions League this season.



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Let’s all get an Isco

Come on, it has not happened yet in this window, right? So it absolutely must.

Death, Treasures and the City are associated with Real Madrid’s playmaker Isco.

We have few securities in this ever-changing world. Please, please do not deprive us of this one.

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What do you think will happen (if anything at all) in Manchester City on the deadline day? Follow the City Is Ours editor Dom Farrell on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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