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Erling Haaland transfer fee: How much did Manchester City pay?

Erling Haaland in Manchester City uniform
Erling Haaland made the move to the Premier League in June (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Erling Haaland has been a human goal machine since signing from Borussia Dortmund in June 2022.

The Norwegian striker scored a staggering 14 goals in his first 10 matches in Sky Blue.

This included consecutive hat-tricks in victories over Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

Such as been his form since joining the blue side of Manchester, many pundits are tipping him to break the record for the most goals scored in a single 38-game Premier League season, currently held by Mo Salah with 32 goals.

But how much did Manchester City pay to sign the global superstar from the Bundesliga?

Here is what you need to know.

How much did Manchester City pay for Erling Haaland?

Manchester City paid an initial fee of £51million for Haaland’s services.

It’s been reported that the fee could rise to a total of £85.5million with various performance related add-ons, with Haaland signing a five year deal at the Etihad.

Erling Haaland signing for Manchester City
Haaland joined Manchester City in the summer transfer window (Picture: Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Many in the game believe that City did incredible business in securing the signing of Haaland for an initial fee of £51million, with the striker having a true market value closer to £200million.

The 22-year-old scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for Dortmund after netting 29 in 27 games for Salzburg.

City beat a host of Europe’s top clubs to the Norwegian’s signature.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG all expressed an interest in signing the player, who was in the envious position of being able to hand-pick his next club.

It was family ties that swung it in Manchester City’s favour, with dad Alfie playing for the club between 2000-2003.

It was during this time in England that Erling was born, with the striker revelaing that he is a boyhood City fan owing to his father’s time in Manchester at the start of the millennium.

Speaking after securing his move to City, Haaland said: This is a proud day for me and my family. I have always watched City and have loved doing so in recent seasons.

Erling Haaland playing in the Champions League
Haaland has hit the ground running since his move to Manchester (Picture: David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

‘There are so many world-class players in this squad and Pep is one of the greatest managers of all-time, so I believe I am in the right place to fulfil my ambitions.

‘I was born in England, so I’ve been a City fan my whole life, I know a lot about the club. I feel at home a bit here.’

Was Erling Haaland the most expensive transfer of all time?

Despite the £51million initial cost representing a significant outlay, or even the predicted £85million total fee, Haaland’s transfer was not the most expensive transfer of all time.

In fact, it’s not even the most expensive transfer in Manchester City’s history – that belongs to Jack Grealish who moved from Aston Villa to the Premier League champions in 2021.



Top 10 most expensive transfers

The top 10 most expensive transfers of all time:

  1. Neymar (Barcelona – PSG, £194million)
  2. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco – PSG, £127million)
  3. Joao Felix (Benfica – Atletico Madrid, £110million)
  4. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool – Barcelona, £105million)
  5. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid – Barcelona, £105million)
  6. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa – Manchester City, £100million)
  7. Romelu Lukaku (Inter – Chelsea, £100million)
  8. Ousmanne Dembele (Dortmund – Barcelona, £92million)
  9. Paul Pogba (Juventus – Manchester United, £92million)
  10. Gareth Bale (Tottenham – Real Madrid, £88million)


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