Manchester City are delighted to confirm the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
The 21-year-old will join the club on July 1 after signing a five-year contract which keeps him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2027.
Son of former City player Alfie, who signed almost 22 years ago to the day, Haaland Junior is widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest strikers and comes to the club with a formidable reputation as a goalscorer after impressive stints at Molde FK, Red Bull Salzburg and Dortmund.
A 21-cap Norway international, Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 games in two and a half seasons with the Blacks and Yellows, winning the German Cup and the 2020/21 Bundesliga Player of the Season award.
“It’s a proud day for me and my family,” he told mancity.com after completing his move.
“I’ve always watched City and loved doing it in recent seasons. You can’t help but admire their style of play, it’s exciting and they create a lot of chances which is perfect for a player like me .
“There are so many world-class players in this team and Pep is one of the greatest managers of all time, so I think I’m in the right place to fulfill my ambitions.
“I want to score goals, win trophies and improve as a footballer and I’m confident I can do that here. It’s a great decision for me and I can’t wait to start pre-season.
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “We have been following Erling for several years now, so we are delighted to bring him here to Manchester City.
“He’s a huge talent and he’s been one of the best strikers in Europe in recent seasons. His goalscoring record is outstanding and his performances at Borussia Dortmund and in the Champions League in particular have proven he can succeed in the game. highest level.
“Erling has everything we want in a striker and we are sure he will excel in this team and this system.
“His rise has been remarkable, but he’s still only 21. His best years are ahead of him and we’re confident he can improve further working with Pep.
“He’s a very exciting signing for our club, and I’m sure our fans will enjoy seeing Erling play for this team.”
Haaland kits will be available once his squad number is confirmed in due course.
Everyone at Manchester City welcomes Erling to the club and wishes him well throughout his time here.
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Erling Haaland: goal machine
Haaland’s career so far has been characterized by one thing: goals.
He’s hit the back of the net at an astonishing rate in the six years since his professional debut and his attributes make him the archetypal centre-forward in every sense of the word.
Strong, tall, quick, good in the air and capable of scoring a variety of goals with both feet, he will offer this City side the option of a striker unavailable since Sergio Aguero’s departure last summer.
Born in Leeds, where father Alfie was then plying his Premier League trade, the family moved to Bryne in southern Norway when young Haaland was three.
He joined his hometown club before the age of 10 and progressed through youth training to make his debut in Norway’s second tier three months before his 16th birthday.
A move to Molde followed and a winning goal off the bench on his debut was a sign of things to come. He ended the 2018 season as the club’s top scorer, scoring 12 goals in 25 league appearances when he was just 18.
His form in his homeland prompted Austrian champions Red Bell Salzburg to make a move for him in January 2019. He made five appearances in the second half of the campaign, but it was at the start of the following season that his career really took off. took off and the wider world began to notice that prodigious scoring sensation.
Between August 2019 and September 2019, the striker hit the back of the net 17 times in nine games, including three hat-tricks, including a hat-trick on his Champions League debut against Genk.
By the time he joined Dortmund the following January, he had scored 28 goals in 22 appearances for Salzburg and he showed no signs of slowing down in the German Bundesliga.
A 23-minute hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Augsburg got the Norwegian up and running in yellow and black and, with a brace in his next two games, he became the first player in the history of the Bundesliga to score five goals in their first match. two matches and seven in his first three.
Haaland finished the 2019/20 campaign with 44 goals in 40 club appearances for Salzburg and Dortmund and went on to score 41 times in as many games in 2020/21.
This included a four-goal run against Hertha Berlin and a brace against Sevilla which saw him become the fastest and youngest player to reach 20 Champions League goals.
Dortmund would finish third behind Red Bull Leipzig and Bayern Munich, but Haaland twice netted against the former in a 4-1 German Cup final victory to ensure they finished the season with silverware.
His performances throughout that campaign were enough to earn him the Bundesliga Player of the Season award, while he also finished top scorer in the Champions League to win the Forward of the Season award. of the competition.
Haaland was limited to 30 appearances in an injury-troubled 2021/22 campaign but still managed to hit the back of the net 29 times and, in November, he scored his 50th Bundesliga goal to become the youngest and fastest player to achieve this goal. historical count.
The story was similar on the international stage, where the striker scored 20 goals in 22 games for Norway.
He made his debut aged 19 in a 2-0 win over Malta in September 2019 and scored his first goal winning his third cap against Austria 12 months later.
The following month he scored his first international hat-trick in a 4-0 loss to Romania en route to winning the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League Golden Boot.
And his last international goals came on Sunday as he netted twice in a 3-2 UEFA Nations League win over Sweden.
A born goalscorer, Haaland will now look to replicate his success across the continent in the sky blue of City.
Season by season statistics*
2018/19: Molde and Red Bull Salzburg
Elite Series Goals: 12
Elite Series Assists: 4
Red Bull Salzburg: 2
Austrian Bundesliga goals: 1
2019/20: Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund
Red Bull Salzburg: 14
Austrian Bundesliga goals: 16
Austrian Bundesliga assists: 4
Borussia Dortmund: 15
German Bundesliga goals: 13
German Bundesliga assists: 2
2020/21: Borussia Dortmund
2021/22: Borussia Dortmund
* Top level league matches only.
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