Erling Braut Haaland’s reported €75m release clause only kicks in next summer, in 2022, but many teams around Europe, including Chelsea supposedly, want to test the waters this summer and see if a deal could be had.
Borussia Dortmund are hardly keen on any such thing of course, and they’ve reportedly set a price tag to match those attitudes. According to BILD (via Bavarian Football Works), and several others in the last few days, BVB are demanding €150m from all the usual “A-listers”: Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, and both Manchesters.
According to the Telegraph, Dortmund are not too worried about anyone meeting those financial demands, and as such, are not looking at replacements for Haaland yet. They do have some up-and-coming homegrown options — such as the 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko, who became the Bundesliga’s youngest goal-scorer earlier this season — which also means that they might not be too interested in other players thrown in as makeweights (sorry, Michy).
Throughout, BVB have been maintaining their stance on wanting to keep the 20-year-old Haaland, though we’d expect nothing less from them. Here’s BVB sporting director Michael Zorc with a few of the usual lines.
“I have never seen someone like him. We can search Europe-wide. If he ever left us somewhere, there would only be a handful of clubs, but we’ll try to keep him as long as possible for sporting reasons.”
“We don’t want to play in the Europa League on Thursdays. We want to give our calling card in the Champions League.”
- Michael Zorc; source: Welt am Sonntag via Goal
This concludes this edition of The Daily Haaland.