A surprise figure was heavily involved in arranging Erling Haaland’s secret medical in Brussels on Monday: Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany.
Borussia Dortmund superstar Haaland is closing in on a summer move to City, as first revealed by Sportsmail, with the club ready to trigger a release clause in the region of £63million.
Haaland was afforded time off by Dortmund on Monday and the 21-year-old is believed to have undergone medical tests in Brussels.
Erling Haaland is closing in on a huge summer move from Dortmund to Manchester City
Vincent Kompany is reported to have helped set up Haaland’s secret medical in Brussels
More details of the supposed-to-be-secret trip have now been reported, with L’Equipe revealing how Kompany helped to organise the medical.
Now the coach of Anderlecht in Belgium, the legendary City defender is said to have been heavily involved in the logistics of arranging Haaland’s trip to the Erasmus Hospital, where he was met by City’s medical staff.
Kompany played for City for 11 years between 2008 and 2019, before becoming player-coach at Anderlecht, eventually hanging up his boots to take up a permanent role in the dugout.
Despite leaving the Etihad, it appears he still has his former club’s best interests at heart, lending a hand to get the Haaland deal over the line.
Kompany is now the manager of Anderlecht, having left City after 11 successful years in 2019
Haaland, pictured as a child in a Man City shirt, is set to join the club for £63million
Sportsmail understands a deal between City and Haaland’s camp was completed last week, with the Norway international expected to earn around £400,000 a week.
Formalities are still to be sorted but it is anticipated that Haaland’s impending move to the Etihad Stadium will be confirmed over the next week.
Having scored 85 goals in 88 appearances, Haaland will bid farewell to the Dortmund supporters after their final Bundesliga game of the season against Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Securing his services ahead of Real Madrid before the summer represents a major boost for City, who will turn their attention towards a central midfielder.
You heard it here first: Sportsmail’s Jack Gaughan and Craig Hope broke the news of City’s deal for Haaland back on March 11 of this year
Haaland’s father Alf-Inge (left) played for Manchester City from 2000 to 2003