MANCHESTER CITY will announce the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland THIS WEEK after the German side allowed him to take care of “personal matters” on Monday.
Haaland is believed to have met with Man City officials in Brussels and completed a medical prior to the move, which he wants to make by the end of the week.
Erling Haaland’s move to Man City will be completed this week with reports in Belgium claiming he has completed a medical.
Erling Haaland grew up a Man City fan with his father, Alf-Inge, playing for the club at the turn of the century
Haaland, 21, has scored an impressive 85 goals in 88 appearances for the Bundesliga giants, making him one of the most sought-after talents in world football.
Dortmund told Sport1: “The players didn’t train today and we allowed Erling to take care of personal matters.”
Sources in Germany say Dortmund are now aware that the English champions are planning to activate the release clause in his contract.
Haaland, who has a £64m release clause and is expected to sign a five-year contract, is believed to have visited the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels on Monday for some tests linked to the move.
The director of the Bundesliga club Sebastian Kehl said at the weekend that he expected “clarity over the next week”.
And Haaland is believed to be happy with the financial package offered at the Etihad.
SunSport understands this will be in line with the current wage structure.
Kevin De Bruyne is considered the top earner at the club at the moment – with around £385,000 per week.
So it will only be the case when the move is made official, although City boss Pep Guardiola may not want that to distract from his side’s title push with three big games remaining.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “If Haaland went there it wouldn’t weaken them, definitely not. A lot of people talk about money, but this transfer will set a new level — think of it that way.”
Real Madrid are favorites to land Haaland but recently decided to devote their full attention to landing 23-year-old Kylian Mbappe instead.
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have also shown interest while Bayern Munich also view him as a possible long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski.
But Haaland will follow in the footsteps of his father Alf-Inge who played for City from 2000-03 and has represented him during talks.
Haaland is also said to be a childhood fan of City and has been described as a club boy when he was younger.
His agent Mino Raiola started negotiations but died last month after a long illness.
The framework of the agreement was worked out when a delegation from Dortmund visited the Etihad in recent days.
Landing Europe’s hottest young striker would be a huge boost for Guardiola after losing Harry Kane last summer.
The hope is that possibly working with Haaland will persuade Pep to extend his stay beyond 2023.
Haaland has been linked with a move to Dortmund rivals Bayern Munich, with star player Robert Lewandowski’s future uncertain.
But Bayern director Hasan Salihamidzic ruled out a move for the striker.
Speaking to Sport1, he said: “We won’t be Erling Haaland’s next club, that’s for sure.”
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola claims the whole country is backing Liverpool over Man City in their title race.
After beating Newcastle 5-0, Pep said: “People want Liverpool to win more than us. It’s not a problem, it’s normal.
“Maybe they have more supporters around the world and in England maybe more supporters of Liverpool than us.
“Everyone in this country supports Liverpool – of course because Liverpool have a great history in European competition.
“But not in the Premier League – because they have won one in 30 years – but that doesn’t matter at all.
“Liverpool, with Man United, this is the most famous team, for what they have done in history – in terms of titles, legacy, history, drama, a lot of things.
“But we, for the last ten, 11, 12 years, come there