Erling Haaland is set to join his old Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho in the Premier League

Richard Keys and Andy Gray argue over Erling Haaland transfer after Jadon Sancho comparison


Pundits Richard Keys and Andy Gray have gone head-to-head after discussing Erling Haaland’s £51million move to Manchester City, which was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

Erling Haaland is set to join his former Borussia Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho in the Premier League

Pundits Richard Keys and Andy Gray got into a heated debate as they discussed Erling Haaland’s blockbuster move to Manchester City – Keys insisting Haaland still needs to ‘prove himself’, just like his former Borussia Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho.

City confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that they have agreed a deal “in principle” with Dortmund worth £51million to sign Haaland. The 21-year-old was one of Europe’s most coveted stars after scoring 85 goals in just 88 games for Dortmund, but a release clause allowed City to pull off the heist of the century by luring him to the ‘Etihad for a rollover fee.

But although the duo agreed City had struck a bargain, Keys was adamant that Haaland had yet to prove he was ‘the real deal’. And to underline his point, Keys pointed out that Sancho was touted as a ‘wunderkind boy’ before joining Manchester United last summer but failed in the Premier League.

Speaking on beIN SPORTS, Keys said: “In a free market he’s probably worth what, £120m?” Gray was adamant, however, that Haaland was worth far more than that sum. He insisted, “No, he’s worth more than Harry Kane. He’s 21? 22?”

Keys added: “He certainly could be, Andy, but Jadon Sancho too and he didn’t do anything in his first year at Manchester United. I still think it’s not a bet, but we are into the unknown. I don’t. think he’s proven himself to be the real deal again.”

But Gray hit back, insisting Haaland has already proven himself: “Well, look, wherever he’s been and gone, wherever he’s been asked to step in and prove [himself], He did it. Until now.

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“It’s his biggest challenge, the Premier League is his biggest challenge. And also, as I’ve said before, the thing you need to be sure of is that the team he’s joining is right for you. It’s important for Haaland and I’m sure Guardiola has been through it and decided if he can get the best out of him. They did it with Aguero, are they going to do with him? That’s the only thing we don’t know. But everything I’ve seen of him, he looks like the real deal.”

Keys shot back: “Aguero had a really tough time when he first started working with Guardiola. Jesus was preferred. All I’m saying is Jadon Sancho came in as Wonder Boy, £80million sterling, and he did nothing.”

Gray, however, defended Sancho, insisting: “I know Jadon Sancho could become an incredible buy, but he’s joined a team that’s not going anywhere.”

But Keys continued: “There is that, but I think he has work to do, and the jury is having a conversation. I’m going to give you the counter argument that Sebastian Haller has done very well in the Champions League this year, but he hasn’t done very well in the Premier League.”

Unsurprisingly, Gray was unimpressed by the mention of Sebastian Haller. He claimed, “You can’t say Sebastian Haller and him and put them in the same sentence”, to which Keys replied, “I don’t know!”

“Well, you can’t. I’m telling you, you can’t,” Gray said. Keys concluded: “I don’t know. I’m telling you the boy still has something to prove. Yes, you’d buy him for £61million, but there’s work to be done.”

But Gray grabbed the last word, insisting, “Anyone would have bought it for £150million. Tell me someone better”, before the argument died down.

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