Borussia Dortmund sign Salzburg star Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund sign Salzburg star Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund have announced the signing of RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland on a contract until 2024.

Haaland, 19, had been linked with a switch to Manchester United after impressing with eight goals in the Champions League this season.

Dortmund said the Bundesliga club had “notified Haaland’s current employer to meet all the contractual conditions necessary for a transfer in good time” ahead of the transfer window opening.

Haaland will officially join the Germans on January 3 and then head out to the club’s training camp in Marbella.

“I had intensive discussions with the club management and the sports management, especially with Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and trainer Lucien Favre,” Haaland said on the Dortmund 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, the son of former Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge, had been among Manchester United’s transfer targets after making an outstanding start to his first season at the Austrian champions.

United had been hopeful Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s personal relationship with striker Haaland from their time together at Molde would have helped get a deal over the line.

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke feels the transfer is something of a coup.

“Despite many offers from absolute top clubs from all over Europe, Erling Haaland decided on the sporting task at BVB and the perspective that we have shown him,” he said. “Our tenacity has paid off.”

More on this topic

Ashley Young joins Inter Milan from Manchester UnitedAshley Young joins Inter Milan from Manchester United

LMA writes to football lawmakers to share concerns over handball ruleLMA writes to football lawmakers to share concerns over handball rule

Pep Guardiola not planning to be a manager in his 70s like Roy HodgsonPep Guardiola not planning to be a manager in his 70s like Roy Hodgson

Jamie McGrath: 'It's not a county renowned for footballers but it was my first love'Jamie McGrath: 'It's not a county renowned for footballers but it was my first love'

More in this Section

'The whole hotel is booked out by people from the locality': Russell Rovers ready for Croker outing'The whole hotel is booked out by people from the locality': Russell Rovers ready for Croker outing

Injured Greg Cunningham ends Blackburn loan deal to return to CardiffInjured Greg Cunningham ends Blackburn loan deal to return to Cardiff

Saracens’ situation explained as prospect of relegation loomsSaracens’ situation explained as prospect of relegation looms

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hails Shane Long’s work rateSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hails Shane Long’s work rate


Lifestyle

So I’ve booked my holidays. And before you ask, yes, I’m basing it around food and wine. I’ll report back in July, but I thought readers might be interested in my plan should you be thinking about a similar holiday.Wines to pick up on a trip to France

Esther N McCarthy is on a roll for the new year with sustainable solutions, cool citruses and vintage vibes.Wish List: Sustainable solutions, cool citruses and vintage vibes

They have absolutely nothing really to do with Jerusalem or indeed with any type of artichoke, so what exactly are these curious little tubers?Currabinny Cooks: Exploring the versatility of Jerusalem artichokes

Arlene Harris talks to three women who have stayed on good terms with their ex.The ex-factor: Three women on staying friends with their former partner

More From The Irish Examiner