Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc is adamant that the Bundesliga club will be keeping striker Erling Haaland this summer.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are believed to be the five clubs in the running for the Norwegian, following talks with the striker’s agent Mino Raiola and his father.
However, Zorc claims Dortmund won’t be looking to sell Haaland even if the German side fail to qualify for the Champions League this season:
“We have made our position clear on the Haaland case. The decision will not be made without Borussia Dortmund. No matter where we end up, Erling will continue to play for us.”
Whether Dortmund will hold firm on their stance, it does seem pretty unlikely. If they hold out for another year, they could lose out on a significant amount of cash.
A widely publicised release clause in Haaland’s contract means the 20-year-old will be able to leave Signal Iduna Park for just €75m (£65m) in 2022. Reports claim that Dortmund value the forward between €150m (£130m) and €180m (£156m) so unless they want to sell for half their valuation, they will be open to offers.