Pep Guardiola puts pressure on Manchester City owner to battle Chelsea for Erling Haaland

There are reports Pep Guardiola has requested his club to negotiate a transfer for Erling Haaland with Manchester City prepared to pay £130 million for the Norwegian.

According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Manchester City have prioritised the signing of Erling Haaland.

The Premier League champions are ready to challenge Chelsea while reportedly preparing a massive £130 million bid for the Norwegian striker.

Ekrem Konur suggests Pep Guardiola requested his club to begin negotiations with Borussia Dortmund and sign the striker as a priority. Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is prepared to shatter records to make a tremendous bid for the Norwegian frontman.

If City makes an official bid, it might turn the race for Haaland into a bidding war, with Chelsea among the competitors. The Blues have the upper hand so far after starting talks with Dortmund weeks ago. The European Champions are prepared to pay as much as £150 million.

Konur also reported Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich taking part in those talks with Dortmund as he tried to convince the striker to move. The Blues are making space in the squad by moving out Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud while adding to their massive outlay from last summer.

According to thehardtackle.com, Haaland likes the idea of moving to Chelsea, but with Manchester City interested, he could sit down and evaluate his options.