Manchester City have confirmed an agreement to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland have been reached.
City made the announcement in a statement on their website mancity.com on Tuesday.
The Premier League champions have paid Haaland’s release clause and expect to pay £85.5m in total when agent fees, signing bonus and other costs are taken into account.
The 21-year-old will join City on July 1, subject to the club finalising terms with the player.
Sky Sports News reported the Norwegian international completed his medical on Monday at Hospital Erasme in Brussels.
The statement read: “Manchester City can confirm we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1st July 2022.
“The transfer remains subject to the Club finalising terms with the player.”
Haaland has scored 85 goals in 88 appearances for Dortmund since joining from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona also spoke to Haaland about a potential deal, but he opted for a move to Etihad Stadium.
Even though City are within touching distance of a second successive Premier League title achieved without an orthodox centre-forward, Guardiola has always stressed his desire to have one.
City tried hard to get Harry Kane from Tottenham last summer but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy refused to sell.
And, with Kane having two years left on his contract, Haaland is an easier deal to conclude given his release clause.
Last year Haaland became the youngest player to reach 20 Champions League goals.
His father Alf-Inge played for City between 2000 and 2003 in a career that also saw him represent Leeds and Nottingham Forest.
Speaking earlier on Tuesday, City boss Pep Guardiola said he could not discuss the incoming signing for legal reasons.
“Everybody knows the situation. I shouldn’t talk because I don’t like to talk about the future or next season,” he said.
And when asked what impact a new number nine would have on the Premier League champions, Guardiola said: “New players always helps to be a stronger team. But not one defender or striker will solve our defensive or scoring problems.
“The club always has to have a vision for the future. The decisions the club makes I am aware and supportive of 100%.”