Manchester United are on the Erling Haaland trail – and news that the forward’s current club Borussia Dortmund are sourcing a potential replacement will only encourage them.
Dortmund are facing an enormous task to hold onto their talisman, who has 39 goals for club and country this season, once the transfer window reopens this coming summer, not least because their participation in the Champions League ahead of next term hangs by a thread.
Dortmund will have to overturn a first-leg deficit in the Champions League quarter finals after losing 2-1 to Manchester City on Tuesday evening, and in the Bundesliga they’re seven points off the top four with seven matches to play.
That’s despite Haaland’s best efforts in front of goal, and though Dortmund haven’t been up to their usually high standards this term the towering Norwegian has caught the eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs – including United, City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
A release clause thought to be worth around £65million is set to become active next season.
However, due to financial concerns brought about by the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, the Bundesliga side may be forced to cash-in on one of their most-prized assets much earlier than they hoped or anticipated.
So a continental transfer tussle, which super agent Mino Raiola is at the centre of, is expected to take place in the coming months.
Now, the Independent report that Dortmund – in anticipation for the interest they’re expected to have to field in the close season – are already on the hunt for Haaland’s successor.
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That search has taken them to Stuttgart, and Sasa Kalajdzic; the Austrian international has plundered 17 goals for club and country this term, with Stuttgart currently sitting rather comfortably in 8th place in the Bundesliga table.
However, it may not be as simple as replacing one with another; for Kalajdzic’s own exploits this term have attracted interest from England and West Ham United have been linked with a summer move as they look to fill the void left by the sale of Sebastien Haller in the January window.
Dortmund’s league rivals RB Leipzig have been watching the 23-year-old, too, though the fact that Dortmund are merely looking elsewhere for attacking options in the market is an encouraging sign for the likes of United as they look to make waves of their own.