Manchester City is close to completing Erling Haaland’s £64 million transfer to the Etihad Stadium after significant progress in the last seven days.
Haaland agreed to terms on the trade in the spring, but it is now nearing completion, with City planning to activate his release clause this week, kicking off a busy summer transfer market.
Sebastien Kehl, the director of Borussia Dortmund, told Sport1 over the weekend that “clarity” will come this week and that there was a significant chance he would go.
Despite Haaland’s initial desire to move to Spain, City has beaten Real Madrid to his signature, agreeing to pay his £500,000-per-week salaries and a hefty sum to his agents.
They were able to persuade him to join Manchester City, giving Pep Guardiola the world-class striker, he was missing out on last summer when Harry Kane chose to stay at Tottenham.
His drive to become the finest player in the world has always been the driving force behind his next step.
Haaland aspires to win the Ballon d’Or and play in the Champions League’s latter stages, and the idea of working under Guardiola is thought to pique his interest.
It’s one of the most significant transfers in recent memory, and industry insiders predict that the Premier League’s leading clubs will set new records when they return to pre-pandemic spending levels.
However, Haaland’s arrival at Manchester City will raise the bar set by Guardiola’s team, who looks likely to win the Premier League for the second time after increasing their lead to three points over the weekend.