The race to sign Erling Haaland is well and truly underway, with European’s elite scrambling to complete a deal for the 20-year-old.
Haaland has been in demand since bursting onto the scene during his RB Salzburg days, a transfer battle originally won by Borussia Dortmund.
But now it’s the turn of the German side to hold onto their prized asset as clubs begin to circle.
Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, recently held talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid over a proposed move but Manchester United and other Premier League clubs are yet to make their move.
The prolific forward has largely remained tight-lipped regarding his future, but has delivered the following responses when quizzed on his potential next move.
“I live in the present,” he told WAZ, refusing to think too far ahead. “I have just arrived in Dortmund and I am not thinking of leaving for now.”- June 2020
“Have I been close to Juventus? That’s what they say, but I’ve never said it. I’ve been at Borussia Dortmund for a year here, I’m fine here and I’m happy.”- December 2020
“I still have three years of contract [at Borussia Dortmund]. I am not worried about that. The media are the ones who write about it, I don’t focus on those things. I think only of myself, to improve my game every day.”- March 2021
Haaland’s father and former professional footballer, Alf-Inge Haaland, acts as his representative alongside Raiola and provided his take on the transfer rumours, stating: “If you play well, it’s only logical that big clubs come knocking for you. But we’re talking about speculation here. Neither Erling nor me are thinking about interest from other clubs. We signed a long contract with Dortmund, who are a fantastic team for Erling at the moment. We don’t want to look further ahead yet.
“They take good care of him and are satisfied with his performances. He is allowed to play almost every week and repays the faith by scoring a lot of goals. What could be better? He is doing well. He is happy to be in Dortmund and to be playing for this club.
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“You never know what will happen. We haven’t talked about making such a step so far. I think he would like to win some titles with Dortmund. That’s his goal. Erling can still achieve a great deal in Germany and make great progress. Leaving Germany is not a priority for us.”
Haaland has scored a remarkable 49 goals in 50 appearances since signing for Dortmund in December 2019, becoming one of Europe’s most sought-after stars.
His current contract is due to expire in June 2024, though many clubs are eager to take advantage of his eye-catching release clause.
The Dortmund striker can leave the club for a price of £65million if triggered by another side, though this does not come into effect until 2022.