Manchester City News: Even though Erling Haaland has yet to play a competitive game wearing a Manchester City jersey, the defending Premier League champions are already under pressure due to a £150 million release clause in his contract.
City announced his arrival at the Etihad Stadium earlier this summer. The Oil-rich owners of the club signed one of the best young strikers for 51 million pounds.
The excitement around his highly awaited club debut is unreal for the fans of the club. The Norwegian scored goals for fun for German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund. His performances in Bundesliga caught the attention of both fans and analysts.
At the Etihad, Haaland is anticipated to carry on those performances with help from players like Kevin de Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, and many more.
Manchester City News: What does the report say?
In the summer of 2024, just two years into the five-year contract he originally signed at the Etihad Stadium, a release clause of £172 million becomes active. It will drop to just £150 million over the next year. It could open the door to parties interested in making a transfer.
Naturally, a lot depends on the payment of that release clause. Haaland would need to succeed as a player for Manchester City in order to attract the interest of potential suitors.
If the release clause is honoured, Haaland will rank among one of the most expensive football players in history. Only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s respective transfers to Paris Saint-Germain surpassed that sum.
In addition, Haaland would probably have to desire to move on, which at this time seems improbable given how much the 21-year-old has praised his recent move to the Etihad Stadium.
What did Haaland say?
This is a proud day for me and my family, he declared. “I’ve always enjoyed watching City, especially in recent seasons. You can’t help but respect their style of play since it’s thrilling and full of opportunities for players like me.“
“I believe I am in the best environment to achieve my goals since this team is filled with world-class players and Pep is one of the greatest managers of all time.”
“Of course I want to score goals, win trophies, and develop as a footballer. I am convinced I can accomplish that here. I’m thrilled about this decision and am eager to begin training for the season.“
Haaland scored 29 goals in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund last season. He could make his competitive debut for City against Liverpool in the Community Shield. His first Premier League game is set to follow a week later at the London Stadium against West Ham.