After being priced out of a move for England captain Harry Kane last summer, senior figures at the Etihad Stadium’s transfer department switched their attention to Haaland and have finally secured his services. City and Borussia Dortmund have finalized a £51 million deal for his summer arrival.
Haaland, 21, has become one of Europe’s most lethal strikers during his time in Germany, scoring 86 goals in 89 appearances before his anticipated £51 million move to the Premier League. It comes a year after Chelsea spent £97.5 million on former Manchester United and Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku.
However, as things stand, the return to the UK has not gone quite as planned. Indeed, the Belgian has only scored eight goals in 26 appearances this season, which has been interpreted as a red light by City.
Former Liverpool fan Vladimir Smicer said as part of a promotion for Boyle Sports: “It looks like City will be much stronger with [Erling] Haaland, but I thought the same when [Romelu] Lukaku joined Chelsea.”
“In the end, that didn’t work out, so we’ll see how he settles at City.” It’s a different league, with different pressures and styles, so we’ll see – but I still feel Liverpool is improving and will fight for the crown next season.”
City confirmed earlier this month that they had reached an agreement in principle to sign Haaland for next season. He has since flown into Manchester to complete the move. The Norwegian striker is expected to be presented officially in the coming days.