Erling Haaland Transfer Agreed to by Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 10, 2022

DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 30: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund looks onduring the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Bochum at Signal Iduna Park on April 30, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
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Manchester City announced Tuesday a deal has been agreed in principle to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

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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 1st July 2022.<br> <br>The transfer remains subject to the Club finalising terms with the player.

Per the Guardian, Haaland has a release clause of around £51.5 million ($63.5 million) and will earn roughly £350,000 ($431,000) a week on his new contract from Manchester City, which will begin on July 1.

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OFFICIAL: Manchester City announce they have agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign Erling Haaland 🌟 <a href="https://t.co/OOwqXMUYyT">pic.twitter.com/OOwqXMUYyT</a>

Because of his relatively modest buyout clause, many expected Haaland to be on the move this summer. He's one of the best young players in the world, and Dortmund appeared to be limiting his ceiling.

The German side is second in the Bundesliga but 10 points behind champions Bayern Munich with one league game left. Dortmund also failed to make it past the group stage of the Champions League this season.

Haaland wasn't going to be long for Signal Iduna Park following yet another prolific campaign. He scored 21 goals in 23 Bundesliga appearances and three goals in as many UCL appearances.

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Manchester City makes perfect sense for the 21-year-old Norwegian. The club is on course to win its fourth Premier League title in five years, and the most glaring area of need within the squad is at striker.

City has scored more goals (89) than any other club in the Premier League, but it lacks the sort of totemic figure to lead the attack that Sergio Aguero was when he called Etihad Stadium home. Raheem Sterling is the leading goalscorer at 12, and the pair of Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez are right behind him with 11.

In Haaland, Manchester City might have the star who can finally deliver the Champions League triumph long coveted.


Erling Haaland has the best minutes per goal ratio in Champions League history.<br><br>The striker to bring Man City the trophy? 🏆👀 <a href="https://t.co/c5jqolX6bs">pic.twitter.com/c5jqolX6bs</a>

A possible risk surrounds whether Haaland will naturally fit within manager Pep Guardiola's system.

Barcelona had similar intentions when it signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2009. Barca won La Liga but exited the Champions League in the round of 16 as Ibrahimovic proved to be an insufficient solution up top. The Swedish legend was gone the following summer and has never hid his general disdain toward Guardiola.

Roberto Rojas @RobertoRojas97

Have no doubt Erling Haaland is a talented player but will be interesting to see how his success at Man City will be judged by two factors: how consistently fit he’ll be in a grueling season and how Pep uses him as a link up player or a poacher who’s always attacking the spaces.

As great as a Guardiola/Haaland partnership looks on paper, the on-pitch returns will hinge on how well the promising attacker can adapt to what's likely to be a slightly more supporting role than he had at Dortmund.