It’s official… Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Erling Haaland from Borusssia Dortmund when the transfer window opens on July 1, 2022.
The Citizens will pay the Norwegian striker’s release clause of 75 million euros and have beaten a number of other admirers to the signature of the 21-year-old who seems destined to be one of the top players in Europe for the next decade.
While there has been endless speculation about Haaland’s future in the last couple of years, Manchester City appear to have swooped in and wrapped up the deal relatively quickly, avoiding a major saga developing.
The English side, currently top of the Premier League, confirmed the agreement in a statement, although they are yet to finalise personal terms with the player.
“Manchester City can confirm we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1st July 2022,” reads a Man City statement.
“The transfer remains subject to the Club finalising terms with the player.”
After the Harry Kane fiasco last summer, City were keen to wrap up business earlier and make sure they got it done. Pep Guardiola has been after a pure No.9 and there is arguably no better example on the planet than Haaland.
Haaland boasts an incredible scoring record and this next step in his meteoric rise comes as no surprise.
In 2018, he joined RB Salzburg from Molde for just over seven million pounds and scored 29 goals in 27 games for the Austrian side.
Just twelve months down the line, Dortmund paid 18 million pounds for the striker and in almost two-and-a-half years he has netted 85 goals in 88 games. He also has 23 in 19 Champions League appearances. An astonishing record.
The Premier League is Haaland‘s next challenge, but he’s already shown he can do it at the highest level and the prospect of England’s top side adding a goal machine of this calibre is a terrifying one.