Erling Haaland Says Goodbye To Borussia Dortmund Players And Fans Ahead Of His Move To Manchester City
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Erling Haaland has bid an emotional farewell to Borussia Dortmund ahead of his summer move to Manchester City.
Haaland, 21, is set to join City on July 1 after the Premier League club triggered a £51m release clause in his contract with Dortmund.
The striker made his last appearance for the German giants in Saturday's home match against Hertha Berlin on the final day of the regular Bundesliga season.
Dortmund were keen to give Haaland an appropriate send-off. Ahead of kick-off, the squad gathered to applaud the striker during a presentation on the pitch.
He then walked over the famous 'Yellow Wall' at Signal Iduna Park to express his thanks for their support.
After waving to the Dortmund fans, Haaland then proceeded to lead a chant with the home supporters to cheers around the stadium.
Haaland would go on to score a penalty on his final appearance for Dortmund as they won 2-1; the striker finishing with incredible figures of 86 goals in 89 games for the club.
On Tuesday, City confirmed that they had reached an agreement with Dortmund over the summer transfer of Haaland.
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.
"The transfer remains subject to the Club finalising terms with the player."
In total, City expect to pay £85.5m for Haaland once agent fees, a signing bonus and other costs are taken into account.
Meanwhile, Haaland is set to become one of the club's top earners, with reports claiming he will pocket £21m per season at the Etihad.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes City's expected signing of Haaland will set "new levels" of competition in the Premier League.
"I signed a new contract knowing that City will not stop developing. So it’s not about City to define if we can be happy or not, it’s about us," said the former Borussia Dortmund boss.
"If Erling Haaland goes there, it will not weaken them. Definitely not.
"I know in the moment a lot of other people will talk about money, but this transfer will set new levels, let me say it like this."