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Erling Haaland has been signed by Manchester City.

On Monday, Manchester City finalized the five-year transfer of Norwegian star attacker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. Last month, the Premier League winners confirmed a deal with the German giants after activating Haaland’s rumoured £51 million ($63 million) release clause.

Haaland described his move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City as a “wonderful move” for his career, as the Norwegian wants to lead the Premier League winners to additional trophies.

After activating Haaland’s alleged 51 million euros (USD 63 million) release clause, City declared last month that they had fought off competition from Europe’s best clubs to clinch a deal with the German powerhouse.

The 21-year-old signed a five-year contract with City on Monday, following in the footsteps of his father, Alfie Inge Haaland, who played for the club between 2000 and 2003.

“This is a day of celebration for me and my family. I’ve always enjoyed watching City, especially in recent seasons “Haaland stated.

“I want to score goals, win trophies, and develop as a footballer, and I believe I can do it here. This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I can’t wait to get started in preseason.”

The signing of one of the world’s most talented players puts an end to City’s hunt for a specialized striker to replace Sergio Aguero, who departed the club last year.

City’s effort to recruit England captain Harry Kane from Tottenham last summer went through, but Pep Guardiola’s team still had enough to win the Premier League by a point over Liverpool.

However, the English champions failed to win the Champions League for the first time after losing a thrilling semi-final 6-5 on aggregate to Real Madrid.

Haaland has 23 goals in 19 Champions League games for Dortmund and RB Salzburg and will be expected to lead City to victory when it counts the most in Europe.

“It’s impossible not to like their style of play; it’s dynamic and they generate a lot of opportunities, which is ideal for a player like myself.”

Because of a buyout clause below his market worth and a spectacular record of 86 goals in 89 appearances for Dortmund, Haaland had nearly his pick among Europe’s elite teams.

When he moved from Salzburg to Dortmund in January 2020, he turned down Manchester United’s approaches, and his choice to chose the Etihad as his destination is a triumph for City’s burgeoning prominence.

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