Regardless of the situation with the Super League, this summer was always going to be a difficult one to purchase Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, due to the Bundesliga outfit's rumoured asking price of £155m. This may seem a fair price to some in the modern market, however, it must be noted that the 20-year-old has a release clause of £68m next summer, so it begs the question, who would pay well over the odds to get the Norwegian 12 months in advance?
City aren’t typically known for extortionate transfer fees, instead, they buy in masses each summer, as they did before the start of the 2017/18 season, purchasing the likes of Ederson, Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and more. Their record currently stands at Ruben Dias for just shy of £65m from Benfica, which coincided with the sale of Nicolas Otamendi to the Portuguese outfit for £13.6m at the same time.
With clubs significantly down on their revenue due to having no fans in their stadiums, and no extra cash injections into clubs, it would be unlikely to see a signing of such magnitude happen this time around.