Pep Guardiola stokes the fires before Borussia Dortmund Champions League showdown by saying the German giants are ‘paying A LOT to agents’ to land ‘incredible’ young talent as Manchester City pursue their star striker Erling Haaland
- Pep Guardiola said Borussia Dortmund ‘pay a lot to agents’ to get young talent
- Manchester City face Dortmund in the Champions League quarter final first leg
- City are meeting top target Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola later this week
- City have spent £30.1m on agents in a year they signed defender Ruben Dias
Pep Guardiola pointedly referenced the fees Borussia Dortmund’s pay agents while admiring their investment in young talent.
The Manchester City manager described Dortmund’s squad as ‘incredible’ before the teams meet in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola made a sharp remark towards the money spent by Dortmund at the end of a week when top target Erling Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, started negotiating with interested clubs ahead of a possible summer move.
Pep Guardiola has accused Borussia Dortmund of ‘paying a lot to agents’ to get top young stars
Manchester City face Dortmund in the Champions League quarter final first leg on Tuesday
‘I will not find one single player from Borussia Dortmund without quality,’ Guardiola said.
‘They spent a lot of money on young players and pay a lot of money to agents to bring these players there because they have an incredible quality.’
Haaland cost around £17million when swapping Red Bull Salzburg for the Bundesliga two years ago and Raiola is understood to have been heavily remunerated for broking the deal.
The Italian super-agent is expected to earn significant money on the striker’s next move. City hope their ties with Haaland’s father Alfie – who was at the club for three years as a player – can give them an edge.
Guardiola’s comments quickly followed his declaration on Friday that City will not be held to ransom in the transfer market as the chase for Haaland intensifies.
City are meeting with Mino Raiola to discuss a potential transfer of top target Erling Haaland
City have spent £30.1million on agents in a year they signed Jorge Mendes client Ruben Dias and Guardiola penned a new two-year contract.
The Catalan’s latest observation on Dortmund’s commitment to agent fees adds more spice to Tuesday night’s encounter.
Former City winger Jadon Sancho is set to miss a return to Manchester through injury, while Edin Terzic’s side also boast teenager Gio Reyna, an ex-academy product at City’s partner club in New York.
Guardiola admitted he watched Dortmund’s 2-1 home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt before they beat Leicester City on Saturday afternoon. Andre Silva, who City have also scouted, scored Frankfurt’s late winning goal.
Guardiola said he watched Dortmund’s 2-1 home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday
‘I have incredible respect for what Dortmund has done,’ he added.
‘I was in Germany three years and always they were a big opponent. I know the quality – not just Haaland but Sancho and Marco Reus and (Mahmoud) Dahoud and (Mats) Hummels.
‘I saw their game the morning before our game and I was really impressed with the quality. When they can run, they kill you. We will try to be aggressive.’
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