Erling Haaland and his father, Alfie, devised an elaborate points system to decide which club to sign for this summer.
With the help of his dad, Haaland looked at certain criteria and ranked potential clubs to determine the perfect match for him.
By the end of February, there were seven clubs in contention – but Manchester United weren’t one of them.
The seven clubs in contention to sign Erling Haaland
According to The Times, criteria included the club’s history, playing style, stadium capacity and their need for a No.9.
Alfie appeared to reveal the results of the system during the documenary: Haaland — The Big Decision.
“On our list, I think City is the best team,” he admitted.
“[Bayern] Munich is number two. We have Real Madrid as number three, Paris Saint-Germain as number four.
“We also have some English teams other than City who are quite good. Liverpool and Chelsea. Also, there is Barcelona. They are sort of in the same row.”
It was close between Man City and Bayern Munich
However, he admitted that it was a very close decision between an City and Bayern.
“I think it was one point separating the top two with the last calculations,” he added.
“One of the criteria is about whether the club needs a No9. City is 10 [out of 10] in that respect. Bayern Munich gets one point for that – they don’t need a No9. They have their best player as a No9 but if he [Lewandowski] goes then they have no one else.
“It would have been quite controversial to go to Munich but when we go through, it’s one of the best teams. Real Madrid are a five or six [out of 10]. They have [Karim] Benzema, and will they get Mbappé?”
However, one of the criteria wasn’t who the manager was – although Pep Guardiola gets Haaland’s approval.
“I have never transferred to a club because of the manager,” Haaland said. “But it is a big plus with [Pep] Guardiola at City, as he is the best manager in the world.”
It’s certainly an interesting way to decide which club to sign for – and it seems to have worked out pretty well.
The Norwegian has scored 14 goals in 10 appearances so far for City and has hit the ground running.
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However, if Man City fans think this is the start of a long and successful career for Haaland at the club they may be mistaken.
That’s because his dad has suggested he’s interesting in playing in all the top leagues around the world.
“I think Erling wants to test out his capabilities in every league,” Alfie told Viaplay Fotboll. “Then he can stay in every league for three to four years maximum. He could have 2½ years in Germany, 2½ in England, and then in Spain, Italy, France, right?”
Hope they kept that points-system handy.