BREAKING NEWS: It’s official! Man City announce the £51m signing of Erling Haaland after ‘reaching an agreement in principle’ for the world’s most in-demand striker with his club Borussia Dortmund
- Man City have agreed the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund
- Pep Guardiola’s side will pay £51million for the striker – £12m less than expected
- The 21-year-old will officially make the move to the Premier League side on July 1
- However, the transfer remains subject to the club finalising terms with the player
Manchester City have announced the capture of Erling Haaland, paying £51million for the Borussia Dortmund superstar.
Pep Guardiola had wanted to discuss the 21-year-old’s impending move at his news conference earlier in the day but said both clubs had asked him not to.
City released a statement two hours later – which read that they have ‘an agreement in principle with Dortmund’ – and have now sealed the prodigious striker ahead of next season.
Manchester City have completed the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund
You heard it here first: Sportsmail’s Jack Gaughan and Craig Hope broke the news of City’s deal for Haaland back on March 11 of this year
The Premier League champions beat Real Madrid to his signature and were expected to part with £63m to trigger a release clause in his contract.
But they have secured Haaland for £12m less than that figure – similar finance to Barcelona’s signing of Ferran Torres in January.
The Norway international, who has plundered 85 goals in 88 appearances for Dortmund, is set to earn around £400,000 a week over the course of a long-term contract.
The 21-year-old is set to earn around £400,000 a week over a long-term contract
That puts Haaland in the highest bracket of earners among Guardiola’s squad and around the same level as talisman Kevin De Bruyne.
City have negotiated with Haaland’s father, former player Alfie, and lawyer Rafaela Pimenta. Agency fees and bonuses will take the outlay to £85m.
A club 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 1st July 2022.’
Haaland, pictured as a child in a Man City shirt, is be placed in the highest bracket of earners among Pep Guardiola’s squad
The club still have to negotiate terms with Haaland, with the transfer still subject to processing in accordance with FIFA provisions.
Haaland was afforded time off by Dortmund on Monday and the 21-year-old was understood to have undergone medical tests in Brussels.
Sportsmail understands a deal between City and Haaland’s camp was completed last week, with the Norway international expected to earn around £400,000 a week.
Haaland will bid farewell to the Dortmund supporters after their final Bundesliga game of the season against Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Sportsmail first reported last month that City had agreed terms with Haaland’s representatives and he was expected to become the Premier League’s highest-paid player, signing a five-year contract.
Sportsmail reported last month that City had agreed terms with Haaland’s representatives
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 had been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in recent months but Pep Guardiola’s side have beaten the competition to his signature.
His father, Alf-Inge Haaland, spent three seasons at Manchester City during his playing career.
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.
Once the season ends, Haaland is set to play four UEFA Nations League matches for Norway during June.
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