Erling Haaland has ended speculation about his future to sign a four-and-a-half-year deal with Borussia Dortmund.
The 19-year-old has lit up Europe with his dazzling goalscoring displays with Red Bull Salzburg, leaving some of the biggest clubs in Europe to chase after his signature.
Manchester United appeared to be frontrunners to nab the son of Leeds United great Alf-Inge Haaland, with reports suggesting he had even flown to Manchester to thrash out terms for a deal.
However, he has agreed to move to Dortmund instead and will and officially join the German side once the transfer window opens.
According to a report by German outlet Kicker, Dortmund have activated a release clause in the youngster’s contract which means they have completed the signing for less than £20million.
“I had intensive discussions with the club management and the sports management, especially with Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and trainer Lucien Favre,” the striker told the club’s official website.
“There was a feeling right from the start that I absolutely wanted to switch to this club, go this route and play football in this incredible Dortmund atmosphere in front of more than 80,000 spectators. I’m already burning for it.”
Haaland has scored 28 goals in all competitions so far this season, eight of which have come in the Champions League.
The Norway international could make his debut for BVB when Lucien Favre’s side travel to face Augsburg in the Bundesliga on January 18.