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Erling Haaland Completes £51 Million Transfer From Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City.

Erling Haaland

Haaland Completes Transfer To Man City

Manchester City activated the Norway striker’s release clause and the player joined the club on July 1 for a total of £85.5m including agents fees and other add-ons.

Manchester City have announced the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £51m.

City have paid the 21-year-old’s release clause and expect to pay £85.5m in total when agent fees, signing bonus and other costs are taken into account.

Erling Haaland
Haaland to City

After months of speculation, the Norwegian international has finally made the switch to the Etihad Stadium, snubbing interest from the likes of fellow European giants Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain.

The reigning Premier League champions have triggered the £51 million release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract.

One of the hottest prospects in world football, Erling Haaland’s relatively cheap release clause was attracting a number of suitors from across Europe, but Manchester City have ultimately managed to secure their man

On the club’s official website, Manchester City have released the following statement

Erling Haaland’s father, Alfie – who was understood to be key in the various negotiations that took place – played for Manchester City 45 times between 2000 and 2004, and has maintained a close bond with the club ever since.

Erling Haaland is expected to put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the reigning Premier League Champions, and earn a basic weekly salary in the region of £375,000 to £400,000 – a figure that sits on a par with the club’s current highest earner, Kevin De Bruyne.

Last summer, Manchester City were actively looking for a clinical number nine to replace the now-retired Sergio Agüero, with the club’s all-time leading goalscorer parting ways after a decade of service.

The Blues made attempts to sign Tottenham’s Harry Kane, the then-Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, and were even credited with an interest in Serbian international, Dusan Vlahovic – however, it quickly became apparent that Erling Haaland was Manchester City’s prime target.

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland

“It is a fantastic signing by Man City, he is the best young striker in Europe at the moment and every big club in Europe wanted to sign him.

“He has chosen to join City, he had his pick of which clubs to join, he could have joined Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, or Barcelona – but he decided to join City.

“And the reason he did that is because everything is perfect for him there as far as he is concerned – he is going to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world, challenging for trophies, he is going to be working with Pep Guardiola and he is going to be playing in the Premier League.

Erling Haaland is expected to put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the reigning Premier League Champions, and earn a basic weekly salary in the region of £375,000 to £400,000 – a figure that sits on a par with the club’s current highest earner, Kevin De Bruyne.

Erling Haaland is coming to the Premier League but how will this change Manchester City’s approach? Pep Guardiola has relied on a rotating cast of characters to fill that centre-forward role at the club but the arrival of the Norwegian could change all that…

Being City’s centre-forward should be the easiest role in football. This is the Premier League team with the most possession, the most touches inside the box and the most goals this season. Just stand up front and put the ball in the net.

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And yet, it is not that simple. So much so, in fact, that it is the role that none of the senior players in City’s current squad appear to want. Gabriel Jesus prefers it out wide where he can find space. Jack Grealish’s least convincing performances have come in the middle.

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland

Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling have fared rather better at times but still look happier out wide, as illustrated by the fact that Guardiola has even pressed Bernardo Silva into action there. He did so even when knowing that it did not suit the Portuguese.

“He likes to go inside but coming from outside, being already inside he struggles a little bit but we have to understand it. When the opponents are sat back so, so deep and everyone closes the gaps inside, for the players who play there it is not easy.”

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