Manchester City have won the race to sign striker Erling Haaland, confirming on Tuesday that they have reached an agreement to make a goal-scoring machine from Norway, 21, the latest addition to the star-studded list that is on the verge of winning. fourth Premier League title within five years.
“Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on July 1, 2022,” the team said. shortcut statement Tuesday. The club said it only needed to settle the terms of the contract with Haaland to make the agreement official.
Haaland’s departure this summer from Dortmund, a German team where he has spent the last two and a half seasons, was expected by many. City beat (or pastly tricked) prospective brides like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to Haaland, one of the rivals in the world. the most sought after budding strikers.
City and its opponents were facing a June deadline to activate the release clause in the Haaland Dortmund contract – which is said to be worth about 75 million euros, or less than $ 80 million. It still needs to agree to the terms of the contract with Haaland, whose new salary is expected to make him one of the dozen or highest paid players in the world.
Those figures are not the case for Manchester City, which is owned by the billionaire brother of the United Arab Emirates and has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to assemble one of the most talented teams in the world. But that number is likely to keep Haaland away from other teams, including Barcelona, which is embroiled in a financial crisis that saw Lionel Messi lose last summer, and Bayern Munich, whose sporting director recently said that adding Haaland “It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter ‘to the permanent German champions as the team is already using international level striker Robert Lewandowski.
Closing the Haaland deal this week will allow him to say goodbye to Dortmund fans in the club’s final game of the season on Saturday, at the home of Hertha Berlin.
City currently lead Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title with 3 points with three games to go, but no doubt entered the race for Haaland with the aim of eventually winning the Champions League. The crown has been a goal of City leadership for more than a decade; The club finally reached the final for the first time last season, losing to their London rivals Chelsea, and then returning to the semi-finals this season before being surprisingly eliminated by Real Madrid last week.
Haaland, a talented boxer with an awesome mix of size, speed and skill, who will turn 22 in July, has been cut off from the glittering ticket in the world since his youth. The son of former Premier League midfielder Alfie Haaland, Erling Haaland played his first match for his childhood club, Bryne FK of Norway, at the age of 15, and joined Molde a year later, signing with former star Manchester United Ole Gunner Solskjaer. , who was Molde’s manager at the time.
By 2018, he was Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, where he scored 17 league goals in his single season and added eight more in his first five Champions League appearances. Dortmund grabbed him less than a year later, and he hit the ground running by scoring a hat trick in 23 minutes in his first match.
Haaland has 61 goals in 65 Bundesliga games for Dortmund, and 15 more in three Champions League campaigns.
Once the deal is finalized, he will join Manchester City for almost 22 years to a month after his father did the same. Alfie Haaland signed with City in June 2000, just weeks before Erling was born, but retired in 2003 after several seasons of injury in Manchester and one foul foul on Manchester United’s Roy Keane.
Rory Smith contributed to the report.