Manchester City’s pursuit of Erling Haaland has progressed significantly, with the club and the player’s representation agreeing to terms.
According to reports, a sufficient financial deal has been approved, which would make Haaland the Premier League’s highest-paid player on more than £500,000 per week.
City are now set to activate the 21-year-old striker’s £63 million release clause at Borussia Dortmund, and a five-year contract should be completed in the next week or two if everything goes according to plan.
Dortmund stated last week that nothing had been agreed upon and that they were working to reach an agreement with others in the hunt, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
It was hoped that the player’s contract would be extended for another year. City, on the other hand, has maintained a quiet confidence throughout the process and is now closing up on the prolific forward Pep Guardiola desires.
Last summer, the Spaniard missed out on adding Harry Kane to the club, and despite winning the Premier League, City have looked short up front at times.
Haaland, a Leeds native who has also played for Red Bull Salzburg and Molde, scored twice in Dortmund’s 6-1 victory against Wolfsburg on Saturday, giving him 33 goals in 31 games for club and country this season.
Alf-Inge, his father, was a City player and has been closely involved in the negotiations.
This newspaper said in March that City had a front-row seat to Haaland, Europe’s hottest property, and that personal terms had been discussed.
A weekly salary of more over £500,000 would put him ahead of Kevin De Bruyne, who earns roughly £385,000.
If the trade goes through, Haaland may make his City debut in the United States, with the team planning to play two friendlies in July across the Atlantic.
His native Norway, on the other hand, will play four times in the Nations League in June, the last of which will be against Sweden on June 12.