Man City confirm agreement to sign Haaland

Manchester City have confirmed an agreement to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland for £51.1m.

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.

Haaland will join City on July 1, subject to the club finalising terms with the player.

Sky Sports News reported the 21-year-old completed his medical on Monday at Hospital Erasme in Brussels.

Haaland has scored 85 goals in 88 matches for Dortmund since joining from RB Salzburg in January 2020. Dortmund host Hertha Berlin in their last game of the season on Saturday.

“I’ve been told the release fee is actually 60m Euros (£51.1m) and the total, including agents’ fees and the signing-on fee, is 100m euros (£85.5m).

“When you consider this player on the open market would be going for as much as maybe £100m, that could potentially be a remarkable piece of business for Man City.

“There has been huge excitement as this deal edged closer and closer, and it is a fantastic story for Haaland. I’m sure everyone has seen the photos of him as a kid in a Man City shirt and with his dad playing here between 2000 and 2003 – he has obviously grown up with a real affection for the club.

“And to come back next season and be their No 9 in the week we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of that famous Aguero winner against QPR that won City their first Premier League and they have signed a fantastic goalscorer – 85 goals in 88 appearances for Borussia Dortmund since he went there in 2020, one of the most coveted strikers in world and European football and he is going to be playing in Man City’s sky blue next season.

“This is a club who are chasing their fourth Premier League title in five years and I would say that is a pretty daunting statement of intent by Pep Guardiola and Man City.”

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