Erling Haaland has lit up the Bundesliga and the European stage with his staggering goalscoring record. Now, the Norwegian goal machine is aiming to make an even bigger leap as Barcelona, Real Madrid and English clubs lurk around the 20-year-old.
Haaland’s springboard to stardom at RB Salzburg saw him get rewarded with a move to Borussia Dortmund. Then 17-year-old sensation had chosen Dortmund based on the outstanding track record they had for nurturing and developing young talents. His progress at Sigal Iduna Park has been exponential and he just doesn’t seem to stop.
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Despite his Borussia Dortmund career being just 15 months old, talks of his future have already begun. Every major European heavyweight have kept an eye on Haaland. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, you name it, and that club will be interested in the 20-year-old.
The European powerhouse that isn’t pursuing the former Salzburg forward this summer is Bayern Munich. Haaland’s contract contains a clause that will make a release clause of 75 million euros become active in the summer of 2022. Haaland is open to leaving Dortmund this summer should the club fail to qualify for the Champions League. BVB sit 5th with 43 points, 4 points behind 4th placed Eintracht Frankfurt.
If the Bundesliga side fails to achieve Champions League qualification, they may have to part ways with the Norwegian. Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, and his father, Alf –Inge Haaland have met president Joan Laporta in Catalonia and also held meetings with Real Madrid. They are set to meet chiefs of English clubs as well in near future to discuss Haaland’s next destination as he remains open to leaving Dortmund.
Dortmund set Erling Haaland price tag amidst Barcelona interest
According to Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Dortmund want to keep Haaland until next year and won’t accept a bid of fewer than 150 million euros from any club who wants him this summer. The current economic situation and the financial turmoil at Barcelona make it very difficult for Laporta to shell out 150 million or above for Haaland.
In fact, keeping the ongoing pandemic and its financial ramifications in mind, any club will struggle to table a bid of 150 million euros. Laporta wants to bring one mega signing to the club, preferably Haaland, but the economic situation doesn’t offer him flexibility.
It is very clear Dortmund have slapped a massive price tag making him unaffordable this season as they want to keep hold of the striker for one more season. Interestingly, Barcelona may not mind having the Norway International next summer when the club will have replenished its treasury chests.
The Erling Haaland transfer saga is set to be unfolded in the upcoming weeks and months.