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Written by Martin Graham | May 11 2022
The most anticipated transfer of the summer was completed as Manchester City confirmed the signing of Erling Haaland.
The 21-year-old Norwegian, who has been one of the best strikers in the world since the start of the season at the age of 17 in the Under-19 World Cup, scored nine goals for Norway against Honduras. He also lit up the Austrian Bundesliga with his talent while playing for Red Bull Salzburg.
He has finally jumped to the brightest of stages with one of the best clubs and managers in the world to steer him to the next stage of his career.
A group of Europe’s top clubs tried to sign him before he moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, but for his development, his late agent Mino Raiola and his father, former Manchester City defender Alf Inge Haaland, pushed him to Dortmund, a team known for youth development.
Haaland did not disappoint, as he scored 85 goals in 88 matches for Dortmund. After two and a half seasons, he officially moved, signing with Manchester City for £51m, a release clause attached to Dortmund’s contract that was to expire in 2023.
City announced Haaland’s signing in a statement via their official website and Twitter, which read: “Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund to transfer striker Erling Haaland to the club on July 1, 2022.
“The transfer remains subject to the club’s final terms with the player.”
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Fans reacted in many ways to the signing of the striker, who they believe will raise Guardiola’s team from 100 to 1000 next season.
However, City have now fallen in two games and are out of ninth after a season and a half without one. Sergio Aguero was barely fit in the club’s farewell season and backing, Gabriel Jesus was a favorite on the wings or false nines. This season, it’s been more of the same, with Jesus working over wide areas and in nine false innings.
Guardiola tried to sign Harry Kane last season, but he faced strong opposition from Tottenham Hotspur, despite the player’s willingness to leave.
Julien Alvarez was signed in the winter transfer window but was loaned to River Plate, the club he bought it from. He will join Haaland at the federation in the summer as Guardiola prepares to manage the England riots once again.
Haaland is contracting with City until 2027 with a salary of 400,000 pounds per week, the highest income in the club alongside Kevin De Bruyne.