Erling Haaland’s £63m move to Man City is set to be announced THIS WEEK after final terms are agreed with Borussia Dortmund and young star signs £500,000-a-week deal to hand Pep Guardiola the striker he has craved
- Manchester City are set to announce the signing of Erling Haaland this week
- Premier League leaders have activated the £63m release clause in his contract
- Haaland, 21, is set to link up with Pep Guardiola’s squad in time for pre-season
- He will sign a five-year contract worth £500,000-a-week at the Etihad Stadium
- Norway international has scored 85 goals in 88 games for Borussia Dortmund
Erling Haaland’s £63million transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City is set to be announced later this week.
The Norwegian striker, 21, will link up with Pep Guardiola’s squad for the beginning of pre-season after City paid the release clause in his Dortmund contract.
Sportsmail reported last month that City had agreed terms with Haaland’s representatives and he will become the Premier League’s highest-paid player on more than £500,000-a-week, signing a five-year contract.
Erling Haaland’s £63million transfer to Manchester City is set to be announced this week
Norway international Haaland, 21, is one of the most prolific goalscorers in world football
His arrival will provide a major boost to Pep Guardiola’s attacking options at Manchester City
Negotiations between City and Dortmund have been conducted smoothly and the Bundesliga club are expecting confirmation that the £63m fee will be paid to activate his release.
Haaland is one of the most prolific goalscorers in world football and has netted 85 times in 88 appearances for Dortmund during two-and-a-half years there.
He has been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in recent months but has opted for the reigning English champions.
His father, Alf-Inge Haaland, spent three seasons at Manchester City during his playing career.
Haaland, pictured as a child in a Man City shirt, is set to join the club for £63million
Haaland’s father Alf-Inge (left) played for Manchester City from 2000 to 2003
Haaland wasn’t on target in Dortmund’s 3-1 win over Greuther Furth at the weekend but he did score a hat-trick in a 4-3 defeat at home to Bochum the weekend before.
His final game for the club will be this Saturday’s final game of the Bundesliga season, at home to Hertha Berlin.
Dortmund have once again fallen well short of Bayern Munich in the German title race and are 10 points behind the 10-in-a-row champions as it stands.
He could make his first appearances in City colours during their pre-season tour of the United States with a match against Mexicans Club America scheduled for July 21 in Houston.
The prolific Haaland has scored 85 goals in 88 appearances for Dortmund over 2.5 seasons
Haaland battles for the ball with his future team-mate John Stones in a game last season
Once the season ends, Haaland is set to play four UEFA Nations League matches for Norway during June.
Guardiola’s side will only be strengthened by the signing of an out-and-out centre forward who reliably scores goals, something they lack at present.
City failed in an attempt to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham last summer, with the club balking at the £150m price tag imposed by Daniel Levy. The move showed, however, that Guardiola felt he needed a world-class striker in his side.
City have once again failed in the Champions League, losing dramatically to Real Madrid in last week’s semi-final, but they are on course to win a fourth Premier League title in five seasons.
They moved three points clear of title rivals Liverpool at the weekend with a 5-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday, hours after the Reds were held at home by Tottenham.