There are some constants in the world of soccer during the last decade; the never-ending influx of cash into the sport, Arsenal leaving their fans baffled at every turn, and Borussia Dortmund losing their best players to bigger fish. In this case, Erling Haaland will become the latest in an impressive line of players who have left Signal Iduna Park in search of greener pastures.
That is also not a slight against the giants of the Ruhr Valley. Dortmund are a great club both at home and abroad, and they have the ability to develop brilliant players to become some of the most sought-after on the continent.
Jadon Sancho was removed from the Manchester City academy and became arguably the best player in the Bundesliga before returning to the English shores with Manchester United. Looking further back, the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Mario Götze, Julian Weigl, Christian Pulisic, Ousmane Dembélé, Shinji Kagawa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed for the departure gate after rising to prominence in the black and yellow. Haaland will be no different.
The Norwegian wunderkind and son of former Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge Håland has set the world on fire during his time in the German top flight, smashing 40 otherworldly goals in forty-three Bundesliga games. by Black and yellow, while adding another 12 goals in ten appearances in the Champions League.
Sixty goals in sixty appearances combined in less than two full seasons would make anyone stand up and take notice, and a true who of Europe’s elite has followed the player for some time.
While there is still a lack of clarity whether the Dortmund superstar has a waiver clause or not (although a highly reputable German shop Ruhr Nachrichten claims that there is indeed one of at least 80 million euros), Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Bundesliga rivals, have had varying degrees of interest in the Leeds-born scoring machine.
🇩🇪 Borussia Dortmund would rather sell Haaland to the Premier League or La Liga rather than to rivals Bayern Munich.
🏴 “Erling Haaland dreams of the Premier League”.
– Daily football (@footballdaily) August 12, 2021
But according to Jesco von Eichmann from Sky Germany, Haaland continues to have his eyes set on a move to the Premier League. However, your destination options are highly dependent on what happens during the remainder of the current transfer window.
Chelsea are almost ready to complete their deal for Romelu Lukaku, while City remains determined to sign Harry Kane. Real Madrid certainly have an interest in Haaland, but if they can spend the funds to secure a possible Kylian Mbappé deal at some point, they will surely be out of the game as well. Barca’s financial disaster zone should also keep them at bay, leaving only United and Bayern as the main suitors at the moment.
However, Von Eichmann does not believe that Dortmund will come to the table with the Bavarian giants, and with the Red Devils’ need for a center forward once Edinson Cavani’s contract expires, along with a possible meeting with Jadon Sancho, the United could provide Haaland with the Premier League move he’s rumored to crave.