The Premier League season still has a handful of games remaining, but Manchester City have already pulled off the heist of the summer by sealing a £51million deal for Erling Haaland.
Haaland has been courted by a host of elite European clubs – including Real Madrid – in recent months after his sizzling form in Germany, where he's bagged an incredible 85 goals in just 88 games. But the Borussia Dortmund hotshot is now set to become Pep Guardiola's main man – and while that's good news for City, it's bad news for just about everyone else.
As anticipation builds for Haaland to arrive in the Premier League, Daily Star Sport takes a look at the five biggest losers from one of the biggest deals of the summer…
Barcelona were one of a whole host of teams who were desperate to snap up Haaland – but the 21-year-old snubbed the chance to become the focal point of Xavi Hernandez's ambitious rebuilding project at the Nou Camp.
The Spanish giants have been plagued by financial issues recently which made pursuing a deal for Haaland even more difficult. City have no such issues – and Xavi was adamant that City's cash was one of the main reasons they missed out on a deal for the Norwegian prodigy.
Speaking earlier this week, the Barca boss blasted: “I will not disrespect other projects. We don’t have the only valid project. There are many other successful ones, including City. They have titles and great results and they are great competitors. However, in the end, if the move happens, it would be primarily for financial reasons. I have no doubt about that.”
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Just last summer, Manchester United were deemed to be Haaland's most likely destination in the Premier League – the fact they were no longer seen as a viable option to sign him in 2022 says everything about their nightmare season.
After leading the way in Manchester for decades, United are now streets behind their noisy neighbours. City are currently on course to clinch their fourth title in five years while United are floundering around in the battle for a Europa League spot.
Unfortunately for United, Haaland's arrival at the Etihad is only going to widen the gulf between the two sides – and regardless of how well United's incoming manager Erik ten Hag does at Old Trafford, it could be some time before that changes.
Liverpool have been the only team who have stood toe-to-toe with Manchester City in the battle for the Premier League title in recent years – but even they could struggle to keep up with Guardiola's side now that they've bagged one of Europe's most prolific strikers.
The Reds have their own potent strikeforce, but Haaland has the scope to take City to a whole new level. The reigning champions have dropped points on more than one occasion this season after wasting a hatful of chances in games. It's hard to see that happening as often when Haaland is up and running at the Etihad.
Liverpool endured an agonising 30-year title drought before Jurgen Klopp led the Reds to the apex of English football back in 2020. But the arrival of Haaland could thwart them from landing another domestic crown anytime soon.
While Guardiola has finally bagged the elite No 9 he's craved, spare a thought for Gabriel Jesus.
The Brazilian striker has finally muscled his way into a regular spot in the team in recent weeks and has even bagged some vital goals. But Haaland's arrival is guaranteed to knock Jesus right back down the pecking order – and could even signal the end of Jesus' time at City.
Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for the 25-year-old, who now seems destined to depart the Etihad without ever really fulfilling his potential.
The Premier League has turned into somewhat of a two-horse race between City and Liverpool in recent years, and Haaland's arrival isn't likely to change that.
If anything, it's hard to see how any Premier League side will be able to compete with the star-studded squad that is now at Guardiola's disposal.
The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham – all teams who have challenged for the title in the past – are nowhere near the level that City are currently operating on. And after this summer, they'll have even more catching up to do.
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