Erling Haaland: Manchester City confirm “agreement in principle” for the Borussia Dortmund star

There had been months of speculation about the 21-year-old’s future, with rumors of a potential move to City on the rise in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, a City statement read: “Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the club on 1 July 2022.

Haaland will join Manchester City.

“The transfer remains subject to the club’s finalization terms with the player.”

City will reportedly pay the Norwegian’s € 60 million (approximately $ 63 million) release clause, ending the PLA champion’s search for a forward following the departure of top scorer Sergio Agüero last summer.

News of Haaland’s imminent transfer to Etihad is disturbing for City rivals as the lack of forward-looking forward has been a relative weakness for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, even though the club is still leading the way. classification.

Haaland celebrates Dortmund's DFB Pokal final win against RB Leipzig last year.

Norwegian international Haaland has scored 85 goals in 88 appearances for Dortmund since joining Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.

He started his Bundesliga career prolifically – scoring a hat-trick on his debut – and speculation about his next move followed him during his two and a half years in Germany.

The forward will follow in his father’s footsteps after former midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland played for City between 2000 and 2003.

Born in the English city of Leeds in 2000, Haaland grew up in Bryne, Norway and progressed into the junior ranks of the city’s football team.

In 2017 he moved to Molde and two years later he moved to Salzburg, bursting onto the world stage with 29 goals in 27 games, including eight in a Champions League group stage.