Erling Haaland will play for Manchester City this summer. In order to make the change possible, the club breaks with a long-standing transfer strategy. Because for the first time in the club’s history, he buys a superstar – without first developing it into one himself.

Success without superstars? “Other newcomers have also been expensive, but with Erling Haaland Manchester City is buying a real superstar for the first time without first developing it into one,” writes “Kicker” about the commitment of the BVB striker. Because so far the club has managed to dominate the Premier League without ever buying a ready-made superstar themselves. The Sky Blues are now breaking with this long-standing transfer strategy.

Haaland deal a novelty: Of course, a number of top players play at ManCity – including Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez – the list is long. However, they were almost all made into such at City. The “kicker” now even sees a danger for the entire English league in the Haaland transfer: “This is how the gaps separate: between rich and very rich; between Man City and the rest of the English league.”

Well, not quite: Of course, ManCity was not completely free of star purchases in the past either. Kevin de Bruyne was already considered a first-class player before his move in 2016 after showing outstanding games in Wolfsburg. And Sergio Agüero was already an established striker with 74 goals in 175 appearances for Atletico before joining the Sky Blues.

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