Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has effectively conceded defeat in his side’s battle to keep Erling Haaland this summer, after revealing the team he expects the powerful Norwegian striker to sign for .
The 21-year-old has earned a reputation as one of the deadliest strikers in world football. Having announced himself with RB Salzburg, where he scored 29 goals in 27 games, he boosted his reputation enormously at the Westfalenstadion. As things stand, his formidable goalscoring record shows that Haaland has amassed an incredible 80 goals in 82 games. Some will!
As such, it’s no wonder to see a plethora of clubs casting admiring glances Dortmund’s way.
Indeed, the likes of Real Madrid, PSG, Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool have all been credited with interest on multiple occasions.
However, the loudest whispers of recent months have most certainly come from Manchester City. To this end, reports in Germany recently claimed a deal was as good as done for City.
According to the report, they state that City will have no problem triggering the £63m exit clause which comes into effect this summer.
And while some doubts have been cast over all the additional costs, including his mammoth salaries and agent fees, it appears to be Manchester City looks like a fatality.
Now, speaking on Haaland’s future, Watzke admits BVB are powerless to compete with some of City’s financial power.
Besides, he sees echoes of Haaland’s potential sale to City such as the transfers of Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Bayern Munich and Arsenal, respectively.
“Erling Haaland? We still don’t know anything about the players’ side,” he said. Picture. “But we know we won’t be able to keep up financially if Manchester City come.
“It’s happened before with [Robert] Lewandowski at Bayern [Munich] and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang to Arsenal.
Dortmund, as Watzke points out, have a history of losing their best stars over the years.
Even in recent times, the likes of Jadon Sancho, Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic have all moved for big profits. Historically, you can point to Mario Gotze.
Mastering Dortmund is still the succession plan, however – and the next star to make it big. Jude Bellingham is already well advanced in this regard.
With Haaland likely to leave, next on their agenda is a likely deal for Karim Adeyemi.
The 20-year-old has made progress this season with RB Salzburg. As such, it’s no surprise to see Dortmund looking to follow a similar route to the one they followed with Haaland.
Erling Haaland fees pile up for City
That said, there is still some way to go before City can finalize the fee.
On top of his £63million exit fee, it looks like his agent, Mino Raiola, and his father, Alf Inge Haaland, have to pay a huge extra payment.
To that end, City will have to spend an additional £37m on the fee, bringing the deal closer to a much bigger £100m.
Moreover, the daily star claims the whole package for Haaland will ultimately cost City £300m over five years.
Demanding a salary of £630,000 a week, Haaland would cost £33m a year. On a five-year deal, that would bring City’s total spending closer to the £300m mark.
If true, it would see Haaland pocket an astronomical £165m salary on a five-year contract.
Even by city standards, it’s quite a financial burden and might even have to think twice.
Meanwhile, a conversation with Arsenal star Martin Odegaard could still prove crucial in deciding Haaland’s next club.