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Haaland could finally be the key to City finally winning the Champions League

11 May 2022 | Premier League | Opinion
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Haaland could finally be the key to City finally winning the Champions League
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On Tuesday, Manchester City announced that they have activated the clause in the contract of Dortmund starlet Erling Haaland, which stands at a reported £51.2m.

The deal is subject to the 21-year-old agreeing to personal terms, but that is unlikely to be a problem, as most feel that the deal is a bargain for the Citizens.

Erling Haaland has been a goal machine for Dortmund and Red Bull Salzburg before his switch to BVB. The Norwegian international striker has scored 85 goals in 88 appearances since joining the German side from Salzburg in the 2020 January transfer window.

Haaland has also impressed in the Champions League in recent seasons, as he became the youngest player to ever reach 20 Champions League goals.

His scoring form has caught the eye of most of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool all formerly believed to have shown an interest in signing the forward.

However, City seems like lo logical next step for Haaland. His father Alfie Inge Haaland previously played for the Citizens during his playing career and they are the next level of club after Dortmund following a very steady rise up the ranks of the European game.

Some have claimed that Haaland will not fit into Pep Guardiola’s style of play. That claim may be negated by the fact that even at 21, Haaland has all the attributes to become the complete forward.

He is not a player who is scared to get involved with the game and isn’t just a goalscorer. He brings more to a team than just goals and has shown in recent seasons that he has a mature head on those broad shoulders.

Despite what seems like a successful campaign for City in the Premier League, they have still missed out on winning the Champions League. Maybe the signing of one of the most prolific forwards in the world game will be the catalyst for European glory for the Citizens next season.

Premier League
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Manchester City 90 37 28 6 3 96 24 72
2
Liverpool 86 36 26 8 2 89 24 65
3
Chelsea 70 36 20 10 6 73 31 42
4
Tottenham 68 37 21 5 11 64 40 24
5
Arsenal 66 36 21 3 12 56 45 11
6
Manchester United 58 37 16 10 11 57 56 1
7
West Ham 56 37 16 8 13 59 48 11
8
Wolverhampton 51 37 15 6 16 37 40 -3
9
Leicester City 48 36 13 9 14 57 57 0
10
Brighton 48 37 11 15 11 39 43 -4
11
Brentford 46 37 13 7 17 47 54 -7
12
Crystal Palace 45 36 10 15 11 47 43 4
13
Aston Villa 44 36 13 5 18 49 50 -1
14
Newcastle United 43 36 11 10 15 40 61 -21
15
Southampton 40 36 9 13 14 41 61 -20
16
Everton 36 36 10 6 20 39 59 -20
17
Leeds United 35 37 8 11 18 40 78 -38
18
Burnley 34 36 7 13 16 32 50 -18
19
Watford 23 37 6 5 26 33 75 -42
20
Norwich City 22 37 5 7 25 23 79 -56

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