Seven best Norwegian players to play in the Premier League amid expected Erling Haaland announcement
Erling Haaland’s big-money move to Premier League leaders Manchester City this summer is now a ‘done deal’, and should be confirmed this week according to the Athletic.
The Citizens have reportedly agreed terms with Borussia Dortmund’s talisman as Pep Guardiola’s side look set to trigger his £63million release clause.
The Mail report that Haaland would become the highest paid Premier League player on a reported £500,000-a-week.
It looks like Haaland will follow in the footsteps of his father, Alf-Inge Haaland, who played for the blue half of Manchester.
In 88 games for Dortmund, Erling Haaland has scored 85 goals for the Bundesliga giants but it looks like the Norwegian superstar is set for the Etihad Stadium.
With the 21-year-old’s move to the Premier League on the brink of completion, we take a look at Norway’s seven best players to play in the English top-flight…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The ‘baby-faced assassin’ arrived from Molde in the summer of 1996 and Solskjaer spent 11 trophy-filled years at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson before bringing an end to his playing career in 2007.
In 365 games for the Red Devils, Solskjaer scored 126 goals and no strike will carry the same meaning of his winner in the Nou Camp to clinch the treble against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
Solskjaer, who won 14 trophies during his playing days at Old Trafford, which included six Premier Leagues and two FA Cups, will always be a United legend regardless of how his managerial tenure ended earlier this season.
Similar to Erling Haaland, Odegaard was dubbed one of the golden boys of European football upon signing for Real Madrid as a 15-year-old.
While the move to Los Blancos didn’t work out for the attacking midfielder, Odegaard has become a vital part of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side and has captained the Emirates Stadium side in the last five games.
After joining the Gunners on loan last January, the north London side made the deal permanent by signing the 23-year-old for £30m in the summer.
Tore André Flo
The gangly striker spent two-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge before signing for Scottish giants Rangers in the summer of 2000.
Flo scored 50 goals from 161 games for the Blues and later returned to the Premier League for a one season spell with Sunderland before having stints with Leeds United and MK Dons.
After arriving in the Premier League from FC Copenhagen in January 2008, Hangeland established himself as one of the league’s best centre-halves during his six years with Fulham.
The towering and dominant defender was part of the Cottager’s side that reached the 2010 Europa League final before being beaten in the showpiece in extra time by Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
The 91-cap Norwegian played 272 times for the Craven Cottage side before joining Crystal Palace who he spent two years with before retiring.
Morten Gamst Pedersen
This man was a fantasy football must during his pomp at Blackburn Rovers and he frequently graced the Premier League with some great goals.
Pedersen, who had a wand of a left foot, made 348 appearances for the Ewood Park side across a nine-year period.
The 40-year-old is still playing professionally after moving to Asane Fotball in March.
John Arne Riise
Similar to Pedersen, Riise was always capable of the spectacular and enjoyed his best years during a seven-year stay at Liverpool.
The 110-time Norwegian international won seven trophies during his time at Anfield which included the famous 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul and an FA Cup.
After three years with Roma, Riise would later return to the Premier League with Fulham in 2011 where he spent three seasons.
The 1999 Norwegian Footballer of the Year played 274 games in the Premier League during his time at Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United.
After winning the 1995 Premier League title with Rovers, the versatile defender arrived at the Theatre of Dreams in the summer of 1997.
Just like Solskjaer, Berg was part of the United side that won the treble in 1999 and he went on to win another two Premier League trophies at Old Trafford before re-joining Blackburn in 2000.
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