Erling Haaland will remain a Borussia Dortmund player after this summer’s transfer window, one of the German club’s chiefs has claimed.
A number of other clubs, including Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona have also been touted as possible Haaland’s suitors, with Dortmund potentially under pressure to sell — given they look set to miss out on Champions League qualification for next term.
But Dortmund chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke has insisted the Black and Yellows have a strong relationship with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and believe they can keep the 20-year-old forward for another year.
He told German media: “I’ve known Raiola for a long time and get along well with him. It’s no problem for us. Erling Haaland will remain a Borussia Dortmund player next year.”
The news will come as a major blow to United and City, both of whom look likely to pursue marquee striker additions this summer.
Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to replace Sergio Aguero, who has already announced he is leaving City after almost a decade of service. United, meanwhile, are trying to tie Edinson Cavani down on a one-year contract extension but could seek further additions up front.
United are long-term admirers of Haaland, who was managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time at Norwegian club Molde. The Old Trafford club tried to sign Haaland before he went to Dortmund in January 2020, but refused to meet Raiola’s terms in negotiations.
It is understood Haaland has a £70million release clause in his contract, which will become active in June 2022. That could prove to be the stage when he leaves Dortmund given the amount of interest in his services.