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Haaland agent Raiola: We have a clear idea about his future

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 9 Dec 2021

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Erling Haaland and Mino Raiola have been thinking about the striker’s future for two years and have a clear idea of his next move, the agent says.

Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund from Salzburg after the Bundesliga side met his €20million release clause in December 2019.

He has since raced to 51 goals in as many German top-flight appearances, averaging a goal a game to reach his half-century – Haaland the quickest to the milestone in Bundesliga history and the youngest to do so at just 21.

Indeed, among players in Europe’s top five leagues, only Robert Lewandowski (100) has scored more goals than Haaland (74) across all competitions since his Dortmund debut on January 18, 2020.

Speculation around a move away from BVB persists, with Haaland’s contract reportedly containing a €75m release clause, although club chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has described those claims as “rumour” and would not confirm the clause.

With a host of Europe’s biggest clubs rumoured to be interested, Raiola – who represents the 21-year-old – believes he and Haaland hold all the keys in the upcoming transfer windows.

“We have been thinking about his future for two years,” Raiola told SPORT1. “We have clear ideas about where he should go and, of course, we look at what the market will offer. 

“With a player like him, we can influence the market, we will not be influenced.

“I changed the transfer market and today we agents have created a new game alongside football: the transfer market. Today two days a week we talk about football, in the other five about the transfer market.”

Dortmund, who next travel to Bochum on Saturday, sit four points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich after Julian Nagelsmann’s side secured a 3-2 victory in last weekend’s Klassiker.

Haaland scored in that game and has four goals in three appearances since returning from a hip injury.

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