Erling Braut Haaland is going to follow in the footsteps of his father by signing for Manchester City this summer.
The Norwegian striker has agreed on a transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Premier League champions Manchester City.
The 21-year-old’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland, was a City player. He also represented Nottingham Forest and Leeds United during the 1990s and early 2000s.
The transfer to City is going to cost the club a reported 60 million euros and his first season in Manchester will be watched extremely closely by the footballing world.
There is one element of his father’s time in Manchester that he will certainly not want to emulate.
Haaland Snr was on the receiving end of a famous nasty challenge from Irish midfielder Roy Keane in a Manchester Derby in April 2001.
That tackle, which resulted in a swift red card, effectively ended the Norwegian’s footballing career.
The Haalands are not the first father and son footballing duo to have had similar careers. The likes of Peter and Kasper Schmeichel have both graced the Premier League, as have Frank Lampard Sr and Frank Lampard.
Many pundits and fans believe that Haaland could be the missing piece in Pep Guardiola‘s City jigsaw as the club have lacked a natural prolific striker since Sergio Aguero began to age and eventually left the club.
The only question mark around the transfer is Haaland’s poor injury record this season for Dortmund in the Bundesliga.