Daily Mail reports that Manchester City has taken a big step toward signing Borussia Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland in the summer transfer window. The Premier League champions have agreed on personal terms over a five-year contract worth over £500,000 per week with the prolific striker.
Haaland has been a prolific scorer for Borussia Dortmund since joining them in January 2020 from Red Bull Salzburg. The 21-year-old has plundered 82 goals and 23 assists from 85 matches for the German giants.
In his senior career for club and country, the Norwegian has been directly involved in 176 goals in 195 games, averaging a goal or an assist every 73.6 minutes.
Naturally, the who of European football has been gunning for his signing. Manchester United had been interested, but Haaland did not wish to join the Red Devils.
Barcelona, too, were in the running, but the financial demands of the deal ruled them out of contention. It has left Manchester City and Real Madrid as the two teams battling for Haaland, with the former seemingly winning the fight.
Manchester City has been in the market for an ace goalscorer since last summer when they lost Sergio Aguero. They spent an entire transfer window chasing Harry Kane’s signing but could not get their man. So apart from Gabriel Jesus, they started the season without a natural No. 9, used out of position on the right flank.