After more than a year of hunting for the right long-term replacement for the departed Sergio Aguero, who left Manchester City for FC Barcelona after his contract expired last summer, Etihad authorities believe they have found their man.
Erling Haaland, a 21-year-old striker for Borussia Dortmund, is expected to join Manchester City this summer after the Premier League club activated his €75 million release clause in his contract.
While Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich were all interested in signing the forward, it was Pep Guardiola's Manchester City who eventually won the race.
The details have been provided by Fabrizio Romano, who confirmed the deal across social media on Monday evening.
Fabrizio Romano has provided the 'Here We Go' on Erling Haaland to Manchester City, with the Norwegian striker having passed his various medical tests on Monday-making him a new player for the reigning Premier League champions.
Interestingly, and despite claims from various outlets, Fabrizio Romano confirms that Erling Haaland’s salary agreed with Manchester City will not go beyond the level agreed with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, whose current deal is valued at around £375,000 per week.
In terms of the contract that the 21-year-old will sign in the coming days, Romano reports that Erling Haaland will sign with Manchester City until June, 2027, at the very earliest-with an official announcement coming this week, after both clubs agreed that the release clause would also be triggered within the same time frame.
Erling Haaland is set to become the club's first signing of the summer transfer window, but is expected to be joined by the club's January recruit, Argentine sensation Julian Alvarez, for Manchester City's pre-season tour of the United States.
Following the completion of the deal for Erling Haaland, Etihad Stadium officials are expected to turn their attention to other areas of Pep Guardiola's squad that require refreshing ahead of the new season.
One such position is central midfielder, and with Fernandinho expected to depart the club after a nine-year stay at Manchester City, a number of possible replacements are already being sounded out by the relevant officials within the City Football Academy HQ.