Erling Haaland is expected to settle in Manchester City, as reports confirm, where he will replace former team star Sergio Aguero.
Neither Manchester City nor Borussia Dortmund officially commented on the potential deal, but it was the talk of the football field recently, even if Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool coach, City’s most prominent competitor in the Premier League, said in an interview with the British Sky Sports network about Halland joining City. “This transfer will bring new levels to the team, let me put it that way.”
Reports indicate that the penalty clause in Haaland’s contract with Dortmund, amounting to 79 million dollars, will be activated this week, according to the Associated Press.
Haaland is expected to bid farewell to the Dortmund fans in the team’s last game of the season, at home against Hertha Berlin next Saturday.
And the Belgian newspaper “Newsblad” reported, on Monday, that the 21-year-old Halland had completed his medical examination in Brussels.
It is noteworthy that Haaland was born in England, specifically in Leeds, which is a short drive from Manchester in the north of the country, when his father, Alf Inge Haaland, was playing for Manchester City in the English Premier League.
And pictures of Erling Haaland were taken as a child, wearing the Manchester City shirt.
Haaland, along with Kylian Mbappe, leads the new generation of stars ready to succeed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as prominent football players.
The inclusion of Haaland is expected to transform Manchester City from a regular winning team in local championships to the best team in Europe.
Pep Guardiola’s team had failed to win the Champions League, and also lost in the last semi-final against Real Madrid to get out of the continental championship, although he was the most prominent candidate for it.
And City played without an explicit striker away from home this season after the departure of Aguero, his main scorer, after 10 years at the end of the 2020-21 season.
The team’s lack of a natural scorer was evident in a number of big games this season, especially when I was eliminated last week against Real Madrid.