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Borussia Dortmund will not be bullied into selling Erling Haaland by agent Mino Raiola

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Borussia Dortmund have been maintaining a consistent stance regarding a potential big-money deal for Erling Braut Haaland. Despite the plethora of interest in the 20-year-old and despite his agent, Mino Raiola’s constant shenanigans, Dortmund have made it clear that they will not be bullied into selling, as per Sky Sports, even more so than in the case of Jadon Sancho.

Haaland (and his entourage) are expected to agitate for a move if Dortmund fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but the club are adamant that they will not sway from their €150m valuation under any circumstance. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea are all reported to be interested.

Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke is even willing to employ a similar strategy as they did with Robert Lewandowski back in the day, and are willing to keep hold of Haaland for another season, despite potentially getting a lot less in transfer fees.

“I’ve known Mino for a long time and get along well with him. You have to accept his idiosyncrasies. But he also knows the idiosyncrasies of Borussia Dortmund. He can give a new interview every day for all I care. It’s no problem for us. Erling Haaland will remain a BVB player next year.”

“He’s [Haaland’s] not letting anything get to him and he’s going full throttle. The way he was cheering along in the stands shows how much he identifies with his team.”

“There was also a conflict of interest with Robert Lewandowski back then. We stood firm and Robert accepted that. In the following season, he became the top scorer. I think Erling can do the same.”

-Hans-Joachim Watzke; source: Sport1 via Goal