That development came after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insisted they wouldn’t be signing Haaland, saying he was simply too expensive for the champions-elect.
“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.”