After months of speculation, the cat is finally out of the bag: Erling Haaland is about to enter the next phase of his meteoric career this summer when he completes his transfer from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
Since making his professional debut as a 15-year-old in 2017, the Norwegian sensation has rocketed straight to the top of the game to the point where he's become the most coveted young centre-forward in world football.
After speculation that a deal with City had been reached increased in recent weeks, the Premier League side announced on Tuesday that the 21-year-old would be on his way to the Etihad Stadium this summer. Sources have told ESPN that City activated a release clause with €60 million to sign Haaland, and he will sign a five-year contract worth £375,000 a week.
It's a homecoming of sorts for Erling, whose father and now agent Alf-Inge Haaland represented City between 2000 and 2002 during the latter stages of his own playing career.
Here's a breakdown of the prolific output that transformed Haaland from a breakout wunderkind to one of the most sought-after talents in the game in just a few short years.
Haaland hit the ground running at Dortmund
After excelling by scoring 29 goals in 27 games as a teenager at Austrian side FC Salzburg, it wasn't long before Haaland made the step up to elite European football when he signed for Bundesliga club Dortmund during the winter break of the 2019-20 season.
The transfer, for an initial fee of €20m, was made official on Jan. 1, 2020, and since that time the striker has continued in much the same vein, scoring vast amounts of goals at an astonishingly consistent rate that almost equates to 1:1, i.e., a goal every game.
Haaland has netted 85 times for Dortmund in just 88 games (a precise ratio of 0.96 goals per game) including 61 goals in 66 Bundesliga games, 15 goals in 13 Champions League matches, eight goals in seven DFB Pokal games, and one goal in two German Supercup appearances.