Erling Haaland’s arrival at Manchester City is ‘super exciting’ and a ‘game changer’ for the Premier League, insists Jamie Redknapp… but Dion Dublin thinks Norwegian will find it ‘DIFFICULT’ to score goals in England
- Man City have announced Erling Haaland will join the club ahead of next season
- It is understood Haaland is set to earn in the region of £385,000 a week
- City beat off competition from the likes of Real Madrid to sign the 21-year-old
- Jamie Redknapp cannot wait to see him while Dion Dublin had a word of warning
Jamie Redknapp has described Erling Haaland signing for Manchester City as a gamechanger for the Premier League and cannot wait to see him in action next season.
The Premier League champions announced on Tuesday the Norway international will join Pep Guardiola’s squad for next season following a £51million transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
It is understood Haaland, 21, is set to earn in the region of £385,000 a week – in line with the club’s top wage bracket and Kevin De Bruyne’s salary – at the Etihad Stadium after the current top-flight leaders beat Real Madrid to the striker’s signature.
Erling Haaland signing for Manchester City is a gamechanger for the Premier League, according to Jamie Redknapp
You heard it here first: Sportsmail’s Jack Gaughan and Craig Hope broke the news of City’s deal for Haaland back on March 11 of this year
He had been linked also been linked with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in recent months but Guardiola’s side have beaten the competition to his signature.
And former midfielder Redknapp revelled in the fact the Premier League will finally see a ‘global star everyone’s coveted’ once again.
‘It’s a game changer not just for Man City but for the league,’ Redknapp told Sky Sports.
‘It’s the first time in a long time we’ve got that global superstar everyone’s coveted.
Haaland, pictured as a child in a Man City shirt, is be placed in the highest bracket of earners among Pep Guardiola’s squad
‘It’s super exciting for everyone concerned. It’s gonna be great to have him in our league.’
Haaland has attracted interest from around Europe after netting 85 times in 88 appearances for Dortmund during two-and-a-half years there.
But former Man United forward Dion Dublin believes while he will be a success, he will not find goalscoring as easy in the Premier League as he has in the Bundesliga.
‘I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as people think, scoring goals in the PL is very hard,’ Dublin said. ‘He’ll do well, but he’ll find it difficult.’
Redknapp revelled in the fact the Premier League will finally see a ‘global star everyone’s coveted’
City were expected to part with £63m to trigger a release clause in the 21-year-old’s contract but have secured Haaland for £12m less than that figure.
Those finances are similar to the overall deal Barcelona put together to land Ferran Torres in January.
Haaland’s father, Alfie, is a former City player and negotiated the personal terms alongside lawyer Rafaela Pimenta.
Agency fees and bonuses will take the eventual outlay to £85m. City believe the emotional attachment Haaland’s family have to the club helped convince him to join.
Dion Dublin believes while he will be a success, he will not find goalscoring as easy
A club statement read: ‘Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1st July 2022.’
Sportsmail understands a deal between City and Haaland’s camp was completed last week after first reporting last month that the club had agreed terms with the Norway international’s representatives and he was expected to become the Premier League’s highest-paid player, signing a five-year contract.
He will bid farewell to the Dortmund supporters after their final Bundesliga game of the season against Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
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