Erling Haaland to Manchester City confirmed


It has been speculated for months that Norwegian forward Erling Haaland is a top target for Manchester City, and it’s now official that he is joining his fathers old club and returning to the country of his birth. But how will this impact City’s squad and the Premier League?

Haaland became one of the most watched youngsters in world football after his incredible goal scoring record at previous club RB Salzburg, tallying 29 goals in 27 appearances, that including 8 in the Champions League. This instantly attracted many top clubs to the 21-year-old, as he eventually joined German side Borussia Dortmund in December of 2019.

Since joining Dortmund, he hit the ground running and continued his ridiculous scoring abilities, currently on 85 goals in 88 appearances across all competitions. It comes as no surprises that Man City see him as a main target, especially considering they have no recognised striker.

This transfer rumour has been whispered around for over a year now, with most people being fearful of the truth behind it when you consider City’s already monstrous squad. Now, the possibility has turned into reality with an agreement being reached for a £51.2m transfer.

After hearing this news, it is a question of how exactly would this affect the Premier League?

City’s squad is already filled with star players, the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden being at the top of the list, and with Guardiola’s team already being close to untouchable, it’s hard to imagine anyone being able to stop them once the prolific goal scorer joins one of the best teams in Europe.

Haaland’s price tag may seem low, but it is the players €60 million release clause that was going to increase after this summer, making the deal a no-brainer for a top club with no regular starter up front. It has also been rumoured that he will be on a salary of around £375,000 a week. This could be seen as next to nothing for City, who have hundreds of millions of pounds to spend each season to keep their squad in top shape and battling in all competitions.

Already being a force to be reckoned with, it’s a struggle to find a possibility that the blue side of Manchester won’t dominate football for the foreseeable future, with the immense Norwegian asset being contracted until 2027, as well as many other players they have sticking around for a while, with the likes of Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Jack Grealish also being contracted until 2027.

Despite all this, no amount of quality can outperform the magic of football so who knows what the future may hold for the Premier League holders.

His father Alf-Inge Haaland may feel his son may settle some unfinished family business. The midfielder joined Manchester City in 2000, before Roy Keane’s 2001 horror tackle prompted him to say he hated United and it’s players. The irony that his son’s legacy could ensure Manchester remains Blue for the next decade at least.