Every team in the world wants to sign Erling Haaland, with the Borussia Dortmund striker’s future is set to be the story of the summer transfer window.
Haaland’s age, playing style and goals has made him the number one target for Europe’s biggest clubs and his release clause of 75 million euros is a very attractive fee for many.
Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Barcelona are all looking to sign Haaland, as are Real Madrid who want to make the 21-year-old the successor of Karim Benzema.
Only Bayern Munich have ruled out the possibility of buying Haaland from their arch rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Every day new rumours are reported regarding Haaland’s future beyond this season. In the UK, they believe he has already decided to join Real Madrid, regardless of his father’s past at Manchester City.
Hours later the media reported Haaland may have to wait a year before moving from Dortmund, which seems difficult to understand considering the club are out of the Champions League and are unlikely to challenge Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title.
The health problems of Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola who was admitted to hospital in January have also complicated matters.
What do Real Madrid think about Haaland?
Los Blancos are still interested in Haaland but the problem they have is the arrival of Kylian Mbappe who will be on a very high salary.
Even if Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season, the savings made will not add up to the 100 million euros which it will cost to have Haaland and Mbappe at the club.
Benzema’s injury has shown Real Madrid as being severely weakened in attack. The problem arises when Benzema is in peak condition, he is an indisputable starter and everything indicates that this will be the case during next season
This is the reason why Real Madrid want Haaland and Borussia Dortmund to wait one more season before parting ways.
Whilst the relationship between Real Madrid and Dortmund is very good, the temptation of offers from other teams could stop Haaland from moving to the Spanish capital.
Haaland to Barcelona?
As reported by MARCA, Barcelona president Joan Laporta is desperate to sign Haaland, and is also aware of the formidable force Mbappe and Haaland will pose should they link up at Real Madrid.
Plus, Laporta believes Barcelona can compete in the financial battle to buy the striker, despite their well documented fiscal problems.
Ultimately, Haaland can choose where he wants to go. In 2021, his father, and agent, toured Europe asking clubs that were interested in Haaland to showcase why he should choose to sign for them. A year later, the enigma continues, and an announcement will surely come soon