Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has been pictured with Erling Haaland as the pair partied on holiday.
The Norwegian international has been heavily linked with a switch to the Etihad Stadium, with Chelsea and Manchester United also said to be keen and, unsurprisingly, fans on Twitter are hoping it means the striker is favouring a move to the Citizens:
He is coming home
— Fariii (@_Fariiii) June 14, 2021
Getting him would be massive. It also hinder Chelsea from acquiring a top class CF. Kane would never go to Chelsea
— LittleCiteh (@LittleManCiteh) June 14, 2021
Halaand incoming ? ?
— Yuvi (@CityzenYuvi) June 14, 2021
— ?⚽️ Always (@QJweRfWQ4YzvJ8R) June 14, 2021
Good work. Agent 26
— AlotKod (@AlotKod) June 14, 2021
— Luca (@TrueZebrasaur) June 14, 2021
Agent Mahrez doing his thing. Don’t be surprised when ye hear owl fabrizio with the here we go on Haaland to city
— Kane 2021 (@Fodeninho_) June 14, 2021
I hope Mahrez talks sense to him…
— Saqhwithi♏ (@1CitizenFan) June 14, 2021
The circumstances around the meeting of Haaland and Mahrez are not known. It may simply be a coincidence that the pair were holidaying in the same destination and came across each other.
Haaland is not believed to have decided on his future yet, although his club Borussia Dortmund are insistent that the 20-year-old won’t be leaving the Bundesliga side this summer. Reports suggest they have slapped a huge asking price on the forward to ward off potential suitors.
It led to reports that City have been focusing on signing Tottenham’s Harry Kane instead but the situation could change rapidly over the course of the transfer window.