Money is omnipotent in this world! Ask Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, and you will find them grinning ear to ear. Last summer, PSG concluded one of the most successful transfer windows ever. They brought in the services of Gini Wijnaldum, Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma and the El-Clasico greats in Sergio Ramos and the ‘magical’ Leo Messi. Manchester City didn’t back down either as they brought in Jack Grealish for a record transfer of £100 million. While the Parisian club looks quiet this summer, City is going for another bazooka signing. The Norse God, Erling Haaland, is all set to make his Premier League debut with Manchester City next season.
Fabrizio Romano, the most reliable journalist, has posted the news of Erling Haaland, all set to move to Manchester City. He stated that Haaland has completed his medical test in Belgium under the supervision of Manchester City doctors. It has also been said that the talks have been ongoing for months now, and final discussions were held in the last three weeks.
Erling Haaland isn’t the first Haaland to play for Manchester City. Back in 2000, Alfie Haaland, Erling’s father, played as a right-back or centre-midfielder for the Man City. Alfie Haaland made 38 league appearances for Manchester City and scored 3 goals before a vicious tackle from Roy Keane in April 2001 injured his right knee. Even before that tackle, his left knee was ‘disturbing’ him. In the summer of 2002, he went knee surgery but couldn’t return to full fitness, which made him retire in July 2003.
Following the incident, Alfie Haaland did say that Manchester City supported him throughout that ‘painful’ time and earned his respect. He also stated that he hated Manchester United and its players. Even now, Alfie Haaland never misses a chance to lash out at Manchester United.
This could be a part of the reason for Haaland choosing Man City. The other reasons include player wage. Erling Haaland would be given a contract till 2027 with a weekly wage of £375,000. This makes him City’s highest-earning player after Kevin de Bruyne. As for the final reason, who wouldn’t want to work under the title-specialist Pep Guardiola. Haaland’s sources have said that a call with Pep Guardiola was the final push Haaland needed to join Manchester City. FC Barcelona pursued Haaland will all their might, but Xavi couldn’t bring money to the table the way City does.
Manchester City has informed Borussia Dortmund that they want to activate the release clause worth somewhere near £75 million to conclude the deal. The official announcement from both the clubs is expected this week. This transfer can go down as the final piece Pep Guardiola needed for Manchester City’s European dominance. The footballing world isn’t ready for the duo of Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne. If the world’s best striker and the world’s best midfielder combine, we can see a miracle occur once again, just like it did with the Messi-Xavi pair.
This season has brought out City’s biggest weakness, or rather a hole. After Sergio Aguero left, Gabriel Jesus couldn’t convert perfect chances into goals. Hence, City desperately needs a striker, and who’s better than a strong and deadly Erling Haaland? Only time will say how this move will work out or rather how it will impact European football’s future. Stay tuned with The Sportsway for more such updates.