What has long been inevitable has finally come true: Erling Haaland will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the 2021-22 season and will join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City of the English Premier League. Earlier today, Manchester City informed the BVB front office of their intention to activate Haaland’s release clause after the Norwegian striker passed his medical in Manchester.
Haaland will play his last game for Borussia Dortmund next weekend before leaving for the north of England in the summer. Haaland will earn around €30m a year and have a chance to compete for the Premier League title alongside the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling. Borussia Dortmund will receive between 60 and 70 million euros from Manchester City.
Haaland’s time with Borussia Dortmund will likely be remembered as a mixed bag. He burst into the Bundesliga like a meteorite, scoring a hat-trick in just 33 minutes on his debut against FC Augsburg. He helped Dortmund win a DFB Pokal trophy under Edin Terzic, and had several notable moments against massive opponents like Bayern Munich and PSG. Unfortunately, his time with BVB was also marred by constant injuries and what was often a mediocre squad around him.
Haaland was never going to stay there forever: BVB’s front office made sure of that when they gave him a release clause, and he was probably never going to join if they hadn’t. It’s now up to management to find a suitable group of forwards to replace him…and whoever finds it will have huge shoes to fill.