Erling Haaland’s move to Manchester City has been announced but already his exit route has been revealed, according to reports.
The Norwegian will head to the Etihad this summer in a deal worth £51m following just over two sensational years in Germany with Borussia Dortmund. The forward made a name for himself at Red Bull Salzburg before the Bundesliga outfit won the race for his signature in 2020.
His exit has long been expected though, owing to a release clause in his contract that had some of Europe’s finest circling around him. City have managed to secure the deal and will welcome a player who has scored 85 times in 88 games for Dortmund.
However Haaland, like he did in Germany, has reportedly included a release clause in his contract that will see a fee become active in two years time, as per Bild. They claim that it would take €150m (£128m) to get the Norwegian out of Manchester in 2024. Other reports have acknowledged a release clause exists, but have not specified dates or a value.
City had been in the market for a striker having missed out on Harry Kane back in the summer. The Tottenham man was seen as a replacement for Sergio Aguero, but failing to capture him has seen Pep Guardiola continue with his ‘false 9’ system at the Etihad.
The Catalan is confident the new arrival will help City in the final third, although they have not been shy of goals this term. He told Sky Sports: “Definitely, he can help us score more. It is not about that. In the end it is about winning games.”
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He then added: “I never thought that our defensive situation depends on the central defender and I never thought that the goals we score depend on the striker. He has scored a lot of goals in his career and we are going to try to help him through the game, having more chances to score goals.
“We are never going to give him the responsibility to score goals. We have to win games and if we are going to win games we need everyone doing it the best way, arriving as much as possible. After, of course, if we arrive there, with the quality that we believe he has, we can do it.”
Haaland’s arrival could have an impact on the future of Gabriel Jesus, who could find his minutes hampered. The forward has been linked with a switch to Arsenal as his agent admits there has been plenty of interest in the Brazilian.