Borussia Dortmund striker reported to have undergone medical on Monday and will sign this week in a deal totalling €250m
Erling Haaland scores against Bochum
Erling Haaland will join Manchester City on a five-year contract worth £107m
Manchester City are expected to confirm the signing of Norway striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this week in a stunning transfer coup that could end up costing the club more than £200 million in total.
In another huge statement of intent from the Premier League champions, City are due to formally trigger the €75m (£64m) release clause in Haaland’s contract with Dortmund after seeing off Real Madrid in the chase for one of Europe’s most coveted young players.
Dortmund confirmed on Monday that Haaland had been given permission to settle “personal matters”.
There were reports that the 21-year-old had travelled to Belgium on Monday to undergo a medical at the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels in the company of doctors from City. Dortmund’s players were all granted a day off on Monday but they are due to return to training on Tuesday afternoon and Haaland is expected to be among them.
Formal announcement of the move could come before the weekend barring any late complications.
Haaland is expected to sign a five-year contract worth around £107m, including signing on bonuses.
Erling Haaland to Manchester City, here we go! Haaland has passed medical tests as new Man City player today, he’s back in Dortmund. It will be OFFICIAL this week 🚨🔵 #MCFC
Man City told BVB board that they will activate release clause [closer to €60m than €75m] in few hours. pic.twitter.com/heYobi8S1Y
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 9, 2022
But it is understood the overall cost of the deal could reach as high as £213m once sums to agents, representatives and other assorted fees worth up to €50m are also factored in.
Haaland’s wages of a little more than £400,000 a week, including bonuses, will place him alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish as City’s highest earners but still far below Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the Premier League’s highest paid player on wages worth up to £775,000 a week.
In 2018, City backed away from a deal for the Chile striker Alexis Sánchez, who instead joined Manchester United on a £560,000 a week contract, amid fears about destabilising the club’s wage structure and harmony in the dressing room and they were determined to avoid a similar situation with Haaland.
Haaland has been at the centre of a tug of war between City and Real, who continued to push hard for the Norwegian despite their priority being to lure Kylian Mbappé to Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Haaland is thought to have harboured reservations about a move to Real in the same window potentially as Mbappé and the Leeds-born striker was also thought to be excited by the prospect of playing in the Premier League under City manager Pep Guardiola.
The news will now place added pressure on Real president Florentino Pérez to secure a deal for Mbappé.
Haaland’s decision to pick City over Real means he will also join the club his father, Alfe-Inge Haaland, represented between 2000 and 2003. Erling was born in the same summer his father moved from Leeds United to City in 2000
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