Manchester City have announced the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £51m.
City have paid the 21-year-old’s release clause and expect to pay £85.5m in total when agent fees, signing bonus and other costs are taken into account.
The Norway international has signed a five-year contract with the Premier League champions.
“It’s a proud day for me and my family,” Haaland told mancity.com after completing his move.
“I’ve always watched City and loved doing it in recent seasons. You can’t help but admire their style of play, it’s exciting and they create lots of chances which is perfect for a player like me.
“There are so many world-class players in this team and Pep is one of the greatest managers of all time, so I think I’m in the right place to fulfill my ambitions.
“I want to score goals, win trophies and improve as a footballer and I’m confident I can do that here. It’s a great decision for me and I can’t wait to start pre-season.”
Haaland has scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for Dortmund since joining from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “We have been following Erling for several years now, so we are delighted to bring him here to Manchester City.
“He’s a huge talent and he’s been one of the best strikers in Europe in recent seasons. His goalscoring record is outstanding and his performances at Borussia Dortmund and in the Champions League in particular have proven he can pull it off. at the highest level.
“Erling has everything we want in a striker and we are sure he will excel in this team and this system.
“His rise has been remarkable, but he’s still only 21. His best years are ahead of him and we’re confident he can improve further working with Pep.
“He’s a very exciting signing for our club, and I’m sure our fans will enjoy seeing Erling play for this team.”
Analysis: City tick all the boxes for Haaland
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“He’s a fantastic signing from Man City, he’s the best young striker in Europe at the moment and every big club in Europe wanted to sign him.
“He chose to join City, he had a choice of clubs to join, he could have joined Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Barcelona – but he decided to join City.
“And the reason he did it is because everything is perfect for him there as far as he is concerned – he’s going to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world, challenging for trophies, he will work with Pep Guardiola and he will play in the Premier League.
“And the financial package that City are offering him makes him even more attractive. So as far as he is concerned, City ticks all the boxes. And as far as City is concerned, if there is any kind of weakness in this City team , many of the pundits say they just need a full No.9 – they missed out on Harry Kane last summer, now they’re out and got Haaland.
“So it’s an incredible statement of intent from City, who are not resting on their laurels. Even when they are successful, they continue to buy the best players. Last summer it was Jack Grealish, this time around it’s Haaland.
“In a normal transfer market, a player of Haaland’s ability and age is probably worth around £150m and Man City get him for his £51m release clause.
“But they’re also paying agent fees, bonuses, signing fees, which means in total it’s costing them £85m – still need to say, for a 21-year-old striker who is also good as it is, it’s a very good price.
“Compared to what he would do in a normal transfer market, if he didn’t have that release clause, they get a very, very good deal.
“Perhaps a discussion to have another time is the size of the rest of the deal, with £35million going to agents, bonuses and signing fees, although it would be interesting to see the exact breakdown of where that £35m is going, is it entirely up to his reps, or is it performance related?”
How will Haaland fit in at Man City?
Erling Haaland arrives in the Premier League, but how will this change Manchester City’s approach? Pep Guardiola has relied on a rotating cast of characters to fill that centre-forward role at the club, but the Norwegian’s arrival could change all that…
Being City’s centre-forward should be the easiest role in football. They are the Premier League team with the most possession, the most touches in the box and the most goals this season. Stand in front and put the ball in the net.
And yet, it is not that simple. So much so, in fact, that it’s the role none of the senior players in City’s current squad seem to want. Gabriel Jesus prefers it wide where he can find space. Jack Grealish’s least convincing performances are in the middle.
Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling have done better at times but always seem happier, as illustrated by the fact that Guardiola even pushed Bernardo Silva into action there. He did it even knowing that it didn’t suit the Portuguese.
“He likes to go inside but coming from the outside, being inside already he struggles a bit but we have to understand that. When the opponents sit so, so deep and everyone fills the gaps inside, for the players who play there, it’s not easy.”