Manchester City appears to have won the race to sign striker Erling Haaland, with multiple published reports indicating that the 21-year-old Norwegian goal-scoring machine will be the latest addition to a star-studded roster that is on the cusp of winning its fourth Premier League title in five years.
Haaland, one of the world most sought-after young goal-scoring talents.
Haaland’s Dortmund contract – said to be worth as much as 75 million euros, or just under $ 80 million. City is already a large number of players in the world.
Those figures are not the issue for City, which is bankrolled by the billionaire brother of the ruler of the United Arab Emirates and has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to assemble one of the world’s most talented squads. Haaland is the latest player in the world, including Barcelona, who has lost his last summer, and Bayern Munich, whose sporting director has recently added that Haaland “doesn? ‘t make any sense’ for the perennial German champions since the team already employs a world-class striker in Robert Lewandowski.
Closing the deal for Haaland this week will allow farewell to Dortmund’s fans in the club’s final game of the season on Saturday, at home to Hertha Berlin.
Liverpool is currently in the Premier League title race with three points remaining, but it was not possible to win the Champions League. The trophy has been the goal of City’s leadership for more than a decade; the club finally reached its London rivals Chelsea, and then returned to the semifinals this season before being eliminated stunningly by Real Madrid last week.
Haaland, who turns 22 in July, has been ticketed for global stardom since his teens. The son of former Premier League midfielder Alfie Haaland, Erling Haaland made his debut for his boyhood club, Norway’s Bryne FK, as a 15-year-old, and joined Molde a year later, signed by former Manchester United star Ole Gunner Solskjaer , who was Molde’s manager at the time.
By 2018, he was at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, where he scored 17 league goals in his only season and added eight more in his first five appearances in the Champions League. Dortmund scooped him up less than a year later, and he hit the ground running with a hat trick in 23 minutes in his debut.
Haaland has 61 goals in 65 Bundesliga games for Dortmund, and 15 more in three Champions League campaigns.
When the deal was completed, Manchester City would have been almost 22 years into the month after his father did the same. Alfie Haaland signed with City in June 2000, only weeks before Manchester United’s Roy Keane.
Rory Smith giving reporting.