German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund have won the battle to sign highly-rated striker Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg.
The Black-Yellows have announced the signing of the 19-year-old today, confirming the Norwegian international has penned a deal at Signal Iduna Park until 30 June 2024. Neither club has released financial details of the transfer.
Haaland set the Champions League group stage alight this season, scoring eight goals in six appearances, including at least one goal in each of his first five appearances in the competition. However, the Austrian Bundesliga side finished third in their group, behind Liverpool and Napoli, transferring to the Europa League for the second half of the campaign. Borussia Dortmund’s latest signing will be ineligible to play in the Champions League for the remainder of the season.
The teenager had been highly sought after this season, with RB Leipzig and Manchester United also strongly linked earlier this month.
Chief Executive Officer of Borusia Dortmund Hans-Joachim Watzke was delighted to announce the news today:
”Despite receiving numerous offers from some of the biggest clubs in Europe, Erling Haaland has decided that the best option for his career is to come and join our project here at BVB. Our persistence has paid off.”
Sporting Director Michael Zorc was equally positive about the club’s latest signing:
”We can all look forward to having an ambitious, athletic and physically imposing centre-forward here at the club. Haaland boasts a real eye for goal and impressive speed, and we are confident that we can develop him even further here in Dortmund. At just 19 years of age, he is at the very start of what promises to be an incredible career!”
In his 14 Austrian Bundesliga matches for Red Bull Salzburg this season, Erling Braut Haaland amassed an incredible 16 goals a a further six assists.
The 6’4″ striker chose to represent Norway at senior international level and has so far picked up two caps. He also had the option to play for England, his place of birth.