Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola gives Chelsea advantage in race for Erling Haaland

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has handed a major boost to Chelsea’s hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland after ruling Manchester City out of the race.

Guardiola ruled out a move for the 20-year-old striker, even though club-record goalscorer Sergio Aguero is set to leave at the end of the season.

“With these prices it’s impossible – we cannot afford it,” said Guardiola. “That’s not going to happen.

“All the clubs struggle financially and we are not an exception. We have Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres, players in the academy and we can play with a false nine.

“I don’t know what will happen. Maybe we will not buy one. Today, there is more chance that we will not buy one.

“We have enough players in the first team and interesting players, and, with the world economics, it’s possible that we will not sign a striker for next season.”

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