Manchester City will confirm the signing of Norway striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this week in a stunning transfer coup that could end up costing the club more than £200 million in total.
Haaland flew to Belgium on Monday to undergo a medical ahead of his hotly anticipated move to City in what is another huge statement of intent from the Premier League champions and a blow to their rivals.
City are due to formally trigger the €75m (£64m) release clause in Haaland’s contract with Dortmund after seeing off Real Madrid in the tug of war for one of Europe’s most coveted young players.
Haaland, 21, is expected to put pen to paper on a five-year contract worth around £107m, including signing on bonuses.
But it is understood the overall cost of the deal could reach as high as £213m ounce sums to agents, representatives and other assorted fees worth up to €50m (£42m) are also factored in.
Jurgen Klopp, whose Liverpool side will hope to keep up the pressure on City in the title race by beating Aston Villa on Tuesday, claimed the figures would “set new levels” in transfer terms.
Last month, Klopp suggested Liverpool refused to join the race for Haaland because of the “crazy” costs involved. Matthias Sammer, the former Dortmund player and coach who works as a consultant for the Bundesliga club, said in March that he was left with “whiplash” when informed of the sums involved in the deal.
Dortmund confirmed on Monday that Haaland had been given permission to settle “personal matters”. The 21-year-old is understood to have had a medical at the Erasmus hospital in Brussels in the company of City doctors.
Dortmund’s players were all on a day off on Monday but they are due to return to training on Tuesday and Haaland is expected to be among them and play in their final game of the Bundesliga season against Hertha Berlin on Saturday when he will have the chance to say his goodbyes to the fans in person.
A formal announcement of the move could come before the weekend barring any late complications but Dortmund, a listed company, must first inform the stock market of the transfer.
However, Haaland is unlikely to be joined at City this summer by Paul Pogba. The Manchester United midfielder, who is due to become a free agent at the end of the season, was made a proposal by City but, despite giving it serious thought and being flattered by the interest, he is expected to pursue a move overseas and is understood to have at least two other firm offers on the table amid interest from Paris Saint Germain, Juventus, Real and Barcelona.
Nevertheless, it is expected to be a busy summer at City, who also wants to sign a midfielder with Fernandinho leaving and a young right back. There could also be one or two high profile departures, with Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez about to enter the final year of their contracts.