Manchester City are reportedly close to finishing the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
The English club has jumped ahead of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the battle to recruit the 21-year-old, and he will now wear the sky-blue City shirt that his father wore during his playing days.
According to The Athletic, Haaland’s transfer to the Etihad Stadium is a “done deal” that will be finalized this week.
Manchester City and Haaland agreed on personal terms in April, clearing the way for discussion between the clubs.
Manchester City are ready to tell Borussia Dortmund that they will pay the price necessary to trigger the striker’s contract release clause, which is estimated to be 75 million euros (63 million pounds).
If all goes as planned, Haaland will be confirmed as a Manchester City player this week and will then join up with his team for pre-season training.
Haaland began his career with Bryne and Molde in his home Norway, then moved on to Red Bull Salzburg for a year.
He joined Dortmund in January 2020 and has scored 85 goals in 88 Bundesliga outings.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain have all expressed considerable interest in Haaland.
However, he is slated to join Pep Guardiola’s side at Manchester City for the 2022/23 season.