Already viewed as one of the best football clubs, Manchester City added arguably the top young player in the game, Erling Haaland.
After months of speculation and rumors, the Norwegian international made the switch from Borussia Dortmund to Man City.
Manchester City released a statement on May 1 saying that, “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.”
At the ripe age of 21, Haaland is viewed by many as one of the best strikers in the game and has been able to produce an impressive career despite being at a young age.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has described Haaland as a “beast” who is “unfortunately a really good signing” for their Premier League title rivals.
Haaland burst onto the football world with nine goals in a 2019 World Cup game. He started at Dortmund in January of 2020 and scored a total of 16 goals in 18 games. In this season so far he has scored 28 goals in 29 games. According to ESPEN, in 199 professional club games, he has scored 154 times
Being one of the hottest prospects for the football world, top European clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona were interested in the striker.
Manchester City football manager, Pep Guardiola, had been hinting of a signing earlier on Tuesday. It has been reported that Haaland’s father- who was understood to be a key in the negotiations that took place- played for Manchester City between 2000 and 2004. He has maintained a close connection with the football club ever since.
Erling Haaland is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Premier League champions, where he will earn a weekly salary of £375,000 to £400,000.