Borussia Dortmund will face a real challenge to keep Erling Haaland this summer. It would be almost impossible to persuade the Norwegian superstar to prolong his stay in rural Germany. The 20-year-old is a potential Ballon d’Or winner and has broken a slew of records since moving to Germany. This season, he has scored 37 goals in 38 matches and 11 assists this season for Dortmund.
With Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola already having meetings around Europe in recent days. They have looked at the three teams that seem to lead the chase.
Manchester City 2/1 favorites for Erling Haaland
Guardiola has clarified that he wants Haaland to replace Aguero, City’s departing symbol this summer. According to The Mirror, the Sky Blues are looking to add striking reinforcements when the window reopens.
Although Guardiola has a strained relationship with Raiola. The news that Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City at the end of the season has only added to the speculation.
Guardiola’s side fancies themselves in pole position, with Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, spending three years with City between 2000 and 2003. Manchester City has been placed as the bookmakers’ favorite at 2/1.
Real Madrid- 3/1.
Los Blancos have made no secret of their desire to bring Europe’s rising star to the capital this summer. Erling Haaland agent and his father have already held talks with Florentina Perez.
With Real Madrid still battling for the La Liga title this season and a Champions League knockout tie against Liverpool on the horizon, many expected a roster change at the end of the season.
Although Erling Haaland’s €75 million release clause does not come into effect until 2022. They have confirmed in recent months that Zinedine Zidane’s side will spend big on the Dortmund star this summer.
Though Karim Benzema has been in superb form for Real Madrid this season, the Frenchman will turn 34 at the end of the season, and many have speculated that he could be on his way out.
With Madrid stating unequivocally that Haaland is Benzema’s replacement in Madrid, Spanish outlet AS revealed over the weekend that the 20-year-old has his heart set on a transfer to The Bernabeu.
But the reports suggest Mbappe is Madrid’s main target and Haaland being seen as a second option.
Barcelona – 7/2 .
While Barcelona’s finances have come under scrutiny in recent months, it appears that the Spanish giants still plan to make a bid for Haaland when the transfer window reopens. Raiola and Alf-Inge arrived in Catalonia before going to Madrid for talks.
Raising eyebrows across Europe as to how Ronald Koeman’s side could afford to sign a contract with Dortmund. However, with Barcelona already linked with a bid for Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero, any move for Haaland this summer will be contingent on who they will let go.
They have confirmed that Koeman is battling to balance their books. In order to fund a move for Haaland, Koeman is said to let players like Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, and Miralem Pjanić leave in order to balance the books.