Thursday, October 28, 2021

Haaland future undecided – Dortmund CEO Watzke

Even though Erling Haaland is widely expected to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has told Sport1 that the decision about the future of the Norwegian striker hasn’t been decided yet.

The 21-year-old, missed the clash against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday through a muscular issue, is contracted to the Bundesliga side until the summer of 2024, but it’s been reported far and wide that the contract contains a €75 million release clause which kicks in next year. Asked directly about the existence of such a clause, Watzke refused to either confirm or deny the rumour.

Real Madrid believe, according to Marca, they would be at the head of the queue if Haaland does leave the Signal Iduna Park, with president Florentino Perez intending to sign both him and Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. But if Mbappe does end up leaving the French capital for the Spanish, it stands to reason to expect PSG to move for Haaland as well. Manchester City, whose financial power rivals that of any other club, shouldn’t be written off either. They failed to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur this summer, and manager Pep Guardiola admitted recently that they lack a ‘weapon’ upfront. Haaland would certainly fit the description.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on seven different football blogs.

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