City complete signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund

By Ric Turner, Tue 14 June 2022 09:39

City complete signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia DortmundNorwegian striker signs five-year deal that will see him stay at the Etihad until 2027

Manchester City confirmed the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund yesterday for a deal believed to be in the region of £51m.

The 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract which will see him stay at the Etihad until 2027. Haaland scored a phenomenal 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund following his move from Red Bull Salzburg in 2022.

The Norwegian international was highly sought after when it emerged that had a relatively low release clause, but City won the race amongst Europe's leading clubs to land his signature. It represents a major coup for the Blues, and means the club have finally replaced Sergio Aguero who left in 2021.

Haaland could not hide his delight at joining the club he has supported since childhood.

“This is a proud day for me and my family,” he told after completing his move.

“I have always watched City and have loved doing so in recent seasons. You can’t help but admire their style of play, it’s exciting and they create a lot of chances, which is perfect for a player like me. 

“There are so many world-class players in this squad and Pep is one of the greatest managers of all-time, so I believe I am in the right place to fulfil my ambitions. 

 “I want to score goals, win trophies and improve as a footballer and I am confident I can do that here. This is a great move for me and I can’t wait to get started in pre-season.”

Txiki Begiristain, the club's Director of Football, said:

“He is a huge talent and has been one of the best strikers in Europe over the last few seasons. His goalscoring record is exceptional and his performances at Borussia Dortmund and in the Champions League in particular have proved he can succeed at the highest level.

“Erling has everything we want in a striker and we are certain he will excel in this squad and this system.

“His rise has been remarkable, but he is still only 21. His best years are ahead of him and we are confident he can get even better working with Pep.

“This is a very exciting signing for our club, and I am sure our fans will enjoy watching Erling perform in this team.”