Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the arrival of Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland ahead of the January transfer window.
The Norway international has scored 28 goals in 22 games across all competitions this season, while having a helping hand in further seven.
Haaland has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe this season, but Borussia Dortmund have now confirmed that they’ve won the race for his signature.
The 19-year-old has signed a contract at the Westfalenstadion until 2024.
“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,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told the club’s official website.
“Our tenacity has paid off.”
Also speaking upon the announcement, sporting director Michael Zorc added: “We can all look forward to an ambitious, athletic and physically strong centre-forward with a pronounced goal instinct and impressive speed, which we would like to develop further in Dortmund.
“At the age of 19, Erling is of course just beginning a hopefully great career!”
Haaland will now join former Barcelona striker Paco Alcácer as the only recognised centre-forward at Borussia Dortmund.
Alcácer has been forced to miss large spells throughout his career at Dortmund due to injury, forcing Mario Götze out of position to lead the line for Lucien Favre’s side.
Borussia Dortmund have also been short in numbers this season specifically following their decision to sell Alexander Isak to Real Sociedad during the summer transfer window.
Haaland had been linked with Manchester United for quite some time due to his links with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while he’d also been tipped to stay in Red Bull’s system by joining their club in Leipzig.
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Italian champions Juventus were most recently suggested to have reached a verbal agreement with Haaland ahead of the January transfer window, which upon Borussia Dortmund’s confirmation quite clearly isn’t true.
Haaland only spent 12 months on the books at Red Bull Salzburg having arrived midway through last season from Molde.
In 27 appearances across all competitions from the Austrian giants, Haaland has scored 29 goals and picked up seven assists throughout his short career in Salzburg