English football club Manchester City has confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund regarding the transfer of Norway international Erling Haaland. The 21-year-old will be moving to the club on 1st July 2022, the club confirmed in its statement.
“Manchester City can confirm we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1st July 2022. The transfer remains subject to the Club finalizing terms with the player,” read the statement released by Man City.
The 2022 Champions League semifinalists will be paying a hefty amount of £85.5m in total when agent fees, signing bonus and other costs are taken into account. Notably, Haaland has scored 85 goals in 88 matches for Dortmund since moving from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
At the international level with Norway, he has already scored 15 goals in 17 games after making his debut in 2019. He has scored 36 goals in 34 appearances for club and country this season.
Haaland on the rise!
The 21-year-old Norway international has been on the rise in the past few years. He has been one of the most sought-after young players in the world, and City have fought off competition from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to sign him. The 21-year-old's arrival at Etihad Stadium will end Pep Guardiola's search for a striker after failing in an attempt to rope in Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane last summer.
It will also fulfil the void created by Sergio Aguero's move out of City last year. Pep Guardiola's side who are the Premier League’s top scorers this season with 89 goals have often played without a recognized striker this season. Riyad Mahrez is their top scorer with 24 goals in all competitions, ahead of Raheem Sterling (16), Kevin De Bruyne (15), and Phil Foden (14).