WHO WILL SIGN ERLING HAALAND?
Erling Haaland has been one of the best up and comers of the past 10 years. He scored 17 goals in 16 games in his breakout season RB Leipzig before moving to German Superclub Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £18 million.
He made a name for himself in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup where he scored a record 9 goals in a 12-0 victory over Honduras. He’s now gone on to make appearances for the Norwegian National team and has impressed in each of his appearances.
Haaland continued his incredible form at his new club where he hit 30 goals in his first 32 games including a hat-trick 23 minutes into his debut. Interest grew in the Norwegian striker with his agent Mino Raiola naming potential suitors in numerous interviews.
Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are all interested and are likely to put bids in for him in the Summer. Erling’s father Alf-Inge Haaland played for Manchester City between the years of 2000 and 2003 which make them the favourites to get his signature.
Borussia Dortmund will be desperate to keep a hold of Erling and will try to turn down whatever bids come forward this Summer. His release clause doesn’t kick in until the Summer of 2022 which is rumoured to stand at £70 million which is relatively cheap for a striker of Haaland’s quality.
Many sources have stated that the release clause can be activated in the summer of 2021, however, journalist Fabrizio Romano disproved this. A quote from Borussia Dortmund general director Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “No, there’s NO release clause in summer 2021 for Erling Haaland” which further proves this point.
Manchester City will need a replacement for Sergio Agüero in the near future and Haaland fits the bill perfectly. Agüero’s contract expires in the summer of 2021 and the club may need a striker this year, rather than next. They can easily spend £70 million on a striker and he would definitely interest head coach Pep Guardiola.
City rivals Manchester United are also set to bid for Erling Haaland with star player Rashford preferring a wing position. The club made a bid for the Norwegian in January 2020, however, lost the race to Borussia Dortmund as they were able to offer more playing guarantees. Fellow English sides Chelsea and Liverpool have also been said to be following the Haaland saga with interest.
Real Madrid and FC Barcelona were heavy favourites to land Haaland in the past, however, reports coming in that he wants to play in England have scuppered their chances. Both sides have also reported record-breaking debts this year due to the coronavirus pandemic which would mean they’re unlikely to pay the £70 million clause.
Bayern Munich have a history of signing Borussia Dortmund players. Robert Lewandowski joined them on a free transfer back in 2014 and the Bavarians will be hoping Erling Haaland can follow suit. Free spending French side PSG will also be sniffing around to add to their impressive attack that already includes the likes of Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe.