Haaland to follow in father’s footsteps?

Haaland to follow in father’s footsteps?

Borussia Dortmund star forward Erling Haaland is close to changing the club in the summer midseason! Manchester City are interested.

In the 2019/20 season, the little-known Norwegian boy Erling Haaland thundered throughout Europe. In the group stage of the Champions League, the then 19-year-old player scored eight goals for Salzburg against Liverpool, Napoli and Genk. It is not surprising that more status clubs than the Red Bull became interested in the talent. Borussia Dortmund turned out to be quickest of all, paying 45 million euros for Haaland.

Very quickly, the child prodigy outgrew the level of one of the German giants. In two and a half years at Borussia, Haaland made 88 appearances and scored 85 goals. Incredible statistics that few forwards in the world can boast of. A real hunt began for Erling. Many matched him to Real Madrid and Barcelona. But the priority of Los Blancos is the purchase of a more publicized Mbappe, and the Catalans simply do not have money for expensive transfers.

Therefore, wealthy Manchester City appeared on the horizon, ready to pay a modest forward clause of 75 million euros. Such spending is not new to the Cityzens, who, under the leadership of Guardiola, bought more than half a billion. The contract with Haaland is planned to be signed until 2027, and the salary of the Norwegian will grow to 30 million euros per year. Previously, the purchase process by the Mancunians was hampered by Pep's dislike for the Norwegian agent, the odious Mino Raiola. But the other day the businessman lost the battle to a serious illness and passed away. Haaland now has a path to the Etihad Stadium.

Today's Manchester City are a team with virtually no weaknesses. But after the departure of Sergio Aguero, they have a shortage of top forwards. The role of a pure “nine” is played only by Gabriel Jesus, but stability is not the main advantage of the Brazilian. Erling Haaland, with his high average performance, will clearly come in handy.

In addition to being effective in attack, the 21-year-old Norwegian is very fast, technical and proficient in aerial game. With intelligence and motivation, he is also all right. After all, ambitious dreams of becoming the best striker in the world and at least half approaching the greatness of Messi and Ronaldo have not been canceled. Of the minuses - susceptibility to microtrauma that disrupts its game cycle. Plus, Haaland clearly lacks experience, but this will come with time.

By moving to the City, Erling will continue the family business. His father, Alf-Inge Haaland, played for the Cityzens from 2000 until 2003. But his career in Manchester ended after the city derby. Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane inflicted a serious knee injury on Haaland Sr. We are sure that his son refused to move to Old Trafford precisely because of the unpleasant memories associated with this case.

The football world is slowly recovering from the coronavirus crisis. We are seeing high-value transfers again with a future in mind. This summer already, talented Erling Haaland will leave Borussia Dortmund, which he used as a springboard. And he will go under the wing of one of the best coaches of our time - Josep Guardiola. In the ranks of Manchester City, the Norwegian is guaranteed to win more than one trophy. And the dreams of the Arab owners of the club to win the Champions League will certainly come true.