Erling Haaland is on the verge of transfer to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland is on the verge of transfer to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland is on the verge of joining Manchester City.

Borussia Dortmund have been notified that the striker would leave at the conclusion of the season. His contract has a €75 million release clause.

According to sources in Belgium, Haaland had a medical on Monday at Hospital Erasme in Brussels.

Last week, Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano informed Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke that the striker’s release clause has been activated.

Some details are still to be finalised for the deal that is expected to be announced later this week.

The clause stipulates Haaland’s transfer fee will have to be paid in one payment, unlike many of the other top transfers that happen in several instalments.

Haaland has scored 85 goals in 88 matches for Dortmund since joining from RB Salzburg in January 2020. Dortmund host Hertha Berlin in their last game of the season on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been leading the race to sign the 21-year-old and his release clause means Borussia Dortmund are resigned to losing the striker this summer. The 75m euro fee – which equates to £62m – for Haaland is widely considered to be below market value.

Asked about the club’s interest in the Norway striker on Tuesday, Guardiola responded: “Everybody knows the situation. “Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City have told me I am not allowed to say anything until the deal is completely done. I cannot talk, I am sorry. We will have time to talk.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the Haaland deal will “set new levels” in the transfer market. In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News, he said: “I signed a new contract knowing that City would not stop developing. It’s not about City to define if we can be happy or not, it’s about us and what we can make of it.

“You have so many opportunities and so many different ways to win a football game, and we have to find just one. It’s possible obviously and we can do that. “We face City two, three – with cup competitions, the Champions League – five, six times maybe a year but not more often than all the rest.

Asked whether his side needs a number nine, Guardiola said: “We are playing with good strikers this season, so I don’t know what is going to happen in the future. It’s next season, so I’m not going to talk [about it].” Speaking on Tuesday, Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch – who previously worked with Haaland at RB Salzburg said:

City have often played without a recognised striker this season following the exit of club-record goalscorer Sergio Aguero at the end of the 2020/21 campaign. “If Erling Haaland goes there, it will not weaken them, definitely not. I think there’s enough spoken about this transfer. I know there is a lot of talk out there about money, but this transfer will set new levels, let me say it like this.”

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