D.The process seemed almost overly conspiratorial. Borussia Dortmund announced on Monday that Erling Haaland would use the day off training to “resolve personal matters”. On Tuesday, the Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad reported that the Norwegian striker had undergone a mandatory medical examination at the Erasmus hospital in Brussels. This was to avoid the fuss that would have arisen if Haaland had flown to Manchester.
Tuesday afternoon was official, which was no longer a secret, but has been treated as such in recent days: Haaland moves to Manchester City for next season. The Bundesliga football club and the English Premier League club have said there are still contractual details to be agreed.
Ferran Soriano, chief executive of the Premier League management and close confidant of manager Pep Guardiola, had previously informed BVB chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke that the British would activate the exit clause agreed in Haaland’s contract.
As a result, Dortmund’s hands were tied: the transfer took place for a fixed fee of 75 million euros. Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl had already announced on Sunday in the “double pass” of Sport1 that the long-awaited transfer would probably take place this week. However, he still hadn’t mentioned Manchester City’s name.
Klopp impressed by Haaland’s move
Either way, it’s a change that makes you sit up and get you noticed, especially the competition from the English champions. “It won’t weaken it, absolutely not,” said Jürgen Klopp. The German manager of Liverpool FC, who is three points behind Citizen with his team with two games to go, fears that it will be even more difficult to challenge his worst opponent for the title in the future.
“I think enough has been said about this transfer. I know there is a lot of talk about money out there, but this transfer will set a new standard,” he told Sky UK. Klopp recently extended his contract with Liverpool until 2026. He did so with the knowledge “that the city will not stop developing”.
It can in fact be hypothesized that with Haaland Guardiola’s team becomes even more unpredictable for the opponents. The “Manchild”, as the 1.94 meter tall striker is often called in England, combines final strength and dynamism. “He has many strengths and works hard on his weaknesses,” said BVB manager Marco Rose of Haaland, who moved from Austrian first division RB Salzburg to Dortmund in January 2019.
Insane goal rate
He has since scored 61 goals in 66 Bundesliga games. If Haaland is used with a through ball and has room, he can hardly be stopped. However, he also improved significantly in combo play and headers during his time in Dortmund. “Will, quality and commitment” characterize it, says Rose.
“Erling is a goal machine. He will consistently be among the top three forwards in the world over the next few years, “said Mats Hummels, BVB chief of defense. It was therefore also clear that only a few clubs would be suitable for Haaland as the next station. There was a tender. , but due to the large sums that Haaland, his father Alf-Inge and his late adviser Mino Raiola would have called, the field of participants was not particularly large.
FC Bayern and FC Barcelona, which are said to have considered at least one engagement, have therefore never been seriously involved. The same goes for Liverpool FC. “We’re not going. The numbers in the room are crazy: they have nothing to do with them. No chance,” Klopp explained in an interview with “Sport-Bild” in early April.
Adeyemi als Haaland-Ersatz
In the end, only two interested parties remained with Manchester City and Real Madrid. However, the Spaniards, who also want to sign French international Kylian Mbappé for next season, have not felt the need due to the continued strong development of Karim Benzema. With the quota and the salary, the total volume of the transfer should amount to 300 million euros.
However, it will not be easy for Dortmund to make up for the future absence of their goalscorer. However, it is by no means the case that they were surprised. “We have been playing football in Dortmund for 113 years and have done 111 without Erling Haaland,” Hans-Joachim Watzke told CNN. The managing director specified that already on several occasions it has been possible to absorb the departure of well-known strikers. “We had Robert Lewandowski and he left us in 2014. Then came Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and then Erling,” Watzke said. You can count on it: “We will find the next one at 100 percent.”
In fact, Borussia had been looking for a center forward for some time, who should then form the new attack together with the outside Karim Adeyemi. The 20-year-old was hired on Tuesday for a salary of around 30 million euros from where Haaland came from: Salzburg. Adeyemi has signed a contract that will last until the summer of 2027.
On Saturday, when BVB play the last Bundesliga match of the season against Hertha BSC, Haaland will wear the Dortmund jersey for the last time.