Borussia Dortmund have increased their asking price for Erling Haaland, according to reports in Spain. The Bundesliga club now want a fee in the region of €200m (£172m).
Such a figure in a normal economic climate would be seen as extortionate but, in light of the global health crisis, it appears to be an amount designed to scare off the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea who are all interested in the Norwegian.
Dortmund are believed to be very determined to keep hold of Haaland this summer, even though they are reportedly very open to selling his teammate Jadon Sancho, who is also a United transfer target.
The decision on Haaland’s price tag is rather puzzling considering that Dortmund know any club will be able to sign him next summer for just €75m (£64m); a mere drop in the ocean for most teams, especially considering the 20-year-old’s talent.