Erling Haaland: All you need to know about Norwegian star
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Borussia Dortmund are desperately trying to renew Erling Haaland’s contract to fend off mounting transfer pressure from two rival clubs, according to reports. Haaland is one of the most sought after players in European football and looks poised for a big move in 2022, but Dortmund have not given up on trying to keep him.
Haaland has 14 goals and three assists in all competitions for Dortmund this season, despite only playing 11 times due to injury.
His unique skill set has seen him net 71 goals in 70 games for the German club altogether since moving from RB Salzburg for a fee of around £17million (€20m) in January 2020.
The 21-year-old striker has been on the radar of every major club in Europe ever since he emerged at Molde in his native Norway.
And it seems that the summer of 2022 could provide the time for the first high-profile transfer of his career.
That is largely because Haaland has a clause in his Dortmund contract which can only be triggered in the summer of 2022 and will allow him to leave if a club stumps up between £64m (€75m) and £85m (€100m), according to ESPN.
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Dortmund are therefore extremely vulnerable to losing their most prized asset, so it is hardly surprising that the club would like to change things.
According to Sky Sports Germany, Dortmund are ‘trying as hard as they possibly can’ to keep him until summer 2023.
The club wants to double Haaland’s salary and push back his release clause by a year in order to get another season of goals out of him.
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However, Dortmund are facing an uphill battle because Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, wants his client to move this coming summer.
The report says there is a ‘90 per cent chance’ Haaland will leave Dortmund in the summer, although only a few clubs are in the picture because of the financial muscle required to pay the release clause, hand out a five-year contract and afford Raiola’s commission.
Manchester City are one of them because they will be in the market for a world-class striker next year.
City lost Sergio Aguero on a free transfer to Barcelona in the summer and could not prize Harry Kane away from Tottenham.
With Ferran Torres also angling for a move to Barca, Pep Guardiola is bound to want a new No 9 at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain will also be a major player, given their financial weight and the possible departure of Kylian Mbappe in 2022.
Mbappe will ‘almost certainly’ join Real Madrid at the end of the season when his PSG contract expires, according to Sky Sports Germany.
That will leave the French club needing a new star forward to play alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi.
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