‘Dad 15’: Haaland to take family legacy to the next level?

18 Jun 2022 | 08:47 | Football

New Manchester City signing Erling Haaland has revealed a key hint at the number of shirts he will wear for the Premier League champions.

The 21-year-old posted a picture of himself in a Manchester City kit as a kid. Haaland posted two images on Twitter with the caption: “Continuing…”

Alf-Inge, Haaland’s father, played for Man City from 2000 to 2003.

The Norway international will move to Etihad after the Premier League champions agreed to pay his reported €60m (£51m, $63m) release clause.

The deal with the towering 21-year-old ends City’s search for a professional striker to replace record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who left last year.

The club failed in a high-profile attempt to award England captain Harry Kane away from Tottenham Hotspur last summer.

Haaland has impressed since joining Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020, scoring 85 goals in 88 appearances for the German side.

Manchester City have overtaken Liverpool to win the Premier League, winning their fourth English league title in five years.

But they were painfully knocked out of the Champions League last week, losing 6-5 on aggregate to semi-final rivals Real Madrid.

For all of Guardiola’s successes during his six years at the Etihad, his inability to conquer Europe is seen as a failure.

Haaland’s predatory instincts could be an indispensable factor to bring domestic domination Man City to the Champions League arena.

A month ago, Manchester City announced the signing of Erling Haaland from club Borussia Dortmund said in a statement: “Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund regarding the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the club on 1 July 2022,” the club said in a statement.

“The transfer is still subject to the club’s final terms with the player.”