Erling Haaland: He leaves Borussia Dortmund and goes to Manchester City

DrThe operation seemed almost conspiratorial. Borussia Dortmund announced on Monday that Erling Haaland will take a day off from training to “settle personal matters”. And the Belgian newspaper, Neusblad, reported, on Tuesday, that the Norwegian striker underwent a mandatory medical examination at the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels. This was to avoid the uproar that would have arisen if Haaland had traveled to Manchester.

On Tuesday afternoon it was official, which is no longer a secret, but it has been treated as such in the past few days: Haaland is moving to Manchester City for next season. The German Bundesliga and Premier League club said there were still contractual details to be agreed upon.

Ferran Soriano, managing director of the Premier League leaders and a confidant of coach Pep Guardiola, previously informed BVB managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke that the English would do the exit clause agreed in Haaland’s contract.

Haaland (right) played his penultimate Bundesliga match against Grather Fürth

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As a result, Dortmund’s hands were tied: the transfer took place for a fixed fee of 75 million euros. And Sebastian Kell, Dortmund’s sporting director, had already announced in Sport1’s “double pass” on Sunday that the long-awaited transfer would likely happen this week. However, the name of Manchester City has not been mentioned yet.

Klopp impressed by Haaland’s transfer

Anyway, it’s a change that makes you stand up and take notice – especially the competition from the English champions. It wouldn’t weaken her, certainly not,” said Jurgen Klopp. The German coach of Liverpool, who and his team are three points behind Citizen with two games remaining, fears the difficulty of facing their most dangerous title challenger in the future.

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“I think enough has been said about this transfer. I know there is a lot of talk about money but this transfer will set a new standard.” Klopp recently extended his contract with Liverpool until 2026. He did so knowing that “the city will not stop developing”.

In fact, it can be assumed that with Haaland, Guardiola’s team will become more unpredictable in relation to their opponents. The “Manchild”, as the 1.94-meter striker is often called in England, combines ultimate strength and vitality. “He has many strengths and works intensively on his weaknesses,” Eredivisie coach Marco Rose said of Haaland, who moved from Austrian first-division club Salzburg to Dortmund in January 2019.

crazy target rate

Since then he has scored 61 goals in 66 Bundesliga matches. If Haaland is used with a through ball and has space, he cannot be stopped. However, he also improved significantly in team play and in headers during his time at Dortmund. “Will, quality and commitment,” says Rose.

“Erling is a goal machine. So it was also clear that only a few clubs would fit Haaland as a next stop. There was a bidding competition, but because of the huge sums Haaland, his father Alf Inge and his advisor called up,” said BNP’s chief of defense Mats Hummels. The late Mino Raiola, the field of participants was not particularly large.

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Mino Raiola, who died in early May after a long illness, played a major role in Haaland’s transmission.

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Therefore, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona, ​​who were said to have considered at least one commitment, were not seriously involved. The same applies to Liverpool FC. “We are not going there. The numbers in the room are crazy – they have nothing to do with it. There is no chance,” Klopp explained in an interview with SportBuild at the beginning of April.

Adeyemi as Haaland’s replacement

In the end, only two interested teams remained, with Manchester City and Real Madrid. However, the Spaniards, who also want to sign France international Kylian Mbappe for next season, did not see the urgent need due to the continued strong development of Karim Benzema. With fees and salary, the total size of the transfer should reach 300 million euros.

However, it will not be easy for Dortmund to make up for the future absence of his goal. However, it is by no means that they were surprised. “We’ve been playing football in Dortmund for 113 years and we’ve had 111 years without Erling Haaland,” Hans-Joachim Watzke told CNN. The Director General noted that it was already possible to absorb the departure of the well-known strikers on several occasions. “We had Robert Lewandowski and we left in 2014. Then came Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and then Erling,” Watsky said. You can count on it: “We’ll find the next 100 percent.”

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In fact, Borussia has been looking for an attacking position for some time, which should form a new attack with winger Karim Adeyemi. The 20-year-old signed on Tuesday for a fee of around €30m from where Haaland came from: Salzburg. Adeyemi has signed a contract that runs until the summer of 2027.

On Saturday, when Dortmund play their last Bundesliga match of the season against Hertha Berlin, Haaland will wear the Dortmund shirt for the last time.

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