Pep Guardiola 'demands' Manchester City sign R2.6 billion star

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Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina)
Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina)
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen)
Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Scroll through the gallery to see the strikers Cit
Scroll through the gallery to see the strikers City have recently been linked with

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has reportedly requested the board sign a €150 million (R2.6 billion) rated striker after Ferran Torres' move to Barcelona. 

The Premier League giants have seen two forwards opt to leave the Etihad for the Camp Nou in the last two transfer windows as Torres and Sergio Aguero sought greener pastures.  

Despite the duo's departures, the Manchester club comfortably finds themselves at the top of the EPL table with a 10-point gap over second-placed Chelsea.  

Scroll through the gallery above to see the strikers that City have recently been linked with

The latest report from Football Espana suggests that Guardiola has asked the club to sign Erling Haaland as the Spanish boss looks to finally add a striker to his ranks. 

According to Transfermarkt, the goal-getter is valued at €150 million (R2.6 billion) but many publications have said that the 21-year-old has a release clause that will be activated when the 2021/22 season ends.

However, the Spanish outlet added that the one possible stumbling block could be the Norwegian’s desire to join Real Madrid but Los Blancos are believed to not have the financial strength to match what City may offer the Borussia Dortmund talisman.  

With Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Isco all expected to become free agents at the end of this campaign, while Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic have also been linked with exits. 

This would free up financial room to sign Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe but there are concerns that this will not be enough to afford Haaland’s wage demands.  

Here are all the EPL stars who were called up to the Africa Cup of Nations

Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) - Senegal
Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) - Senegal
Alex Iwobi (Everton) - Nigeria
Alex Iwobi (Everton) - Nigeria
Frank Onyeka (Brentford) - Nigeria
Frank Onyeka (Brentford) - Nigeria
Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) - Ghana
Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) - Ghana
Imran Louza (Watford) - Morocco
Imran Louza (Watford) - Morocco
Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace) - Senegal
Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace) - Senegal
Bertrand Traore (Aston Villa) - Burkina Faso
Bertrand Traore (Aston Villa) - Burkina Faso
Maxwel Cornet (Burnley) - Ivory Coast
Maxwel Cornet (Burnley) - Ivory Coast
Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) - Senegal
Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) - Senegal
Yves Bissouma (Brighton & Hove Albion) - Mali
Yves Bissouma (Brighton & Hove Albion) - Mali
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - Senegal
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - Senegal
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - Egypt
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - Egypt
Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) - Mali
Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) - Mali
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) - Nigeria
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) - Nigeria
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) - Ghana
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) - Ghana
Mahmoud Trezeguet (Aston Villa) - Egypt
Mahmoud Trezeguet (Aston Villa) - Egypt
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) - Ivory Coast
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) - Ivory Coast
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) - Nigeria
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) - Nigeria
Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) - Egypt
Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) - Egypt
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) - Algeria
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) - Algeria
Naby Keita (Liverpool) - Guinea
Naby Keita (Liverpool) - Guinea
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) - Ghana
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) - Ghana
Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) - Ivory Coast
Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) - Ivory Coast
Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United) - Tunisia
Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United) - Tunisia
William Troost-Ekong (Watford) - Nigeria
William Troost-Ekong (Watford) - Nigeria
Adam Masina (Watford) - Morocco
Adam Masina (Watford) - Morocco
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) - Gabon
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) - Gabon
Eric Bailly (Manchester United) - Ivory Coast
Eric Bailly (Manchester United) - Ivory Coast
Ulrick Eneme Ella (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Ulrick Eneme Ella (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Said Benrahma (West Ham United) - Algeria
Said Benrahma (West Ham United) - Algeria
Omar Rekik (Arsenal) - Tunisia
Omar Rekik (Arsenal) - Tunisia
Ismaila Sarr (Watford) - Senegal
Ismaila Sarr (Watford) - Senegal
Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - Morocco
Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - Morocco