With just a few weeks left in the Bundesliga season, the future of Erling Haaland is still up in the air. There have been rumors and talks, but still, the striker’s next move is unclear. Borussia Dortmund is doing everything possible to keep him at the club, however, Haaland’s agent Mina Raiola is looking to cash in.
Mino Raiola: "[Erling] Haaland is interested in two things.— Goal (@goal) May 1, 2021
"Scoring goals, because he’s a little bit like Cristiano [Ronaldo] or Zlatan [Ibrahimovic]… it’s his obsession, in a positive way.
"And winning titles."
Transfer expert Jan-Aage Fjörtoft sees three possible outcomes of this current situation. The first outcome which many think is likely is the departure of Haaland this summer. This means that one of the richest clubs would have to pay a rumored 150 million euros and more to acquire Haaland’s services. However, many clubs’ finances are suffering at the moment so this might not be the right time for some teams.
A second outcome is that no team is willing the dish out the kind of cash that Dortmund demands for Haaland in this current market. A less exciting option, but this one means another great talent in the Bundesliga for at least another year. Borussia Dortmund executives are adamant that this will be the result.
Four clubs are interested in signing Jadon Sancho this summer, while Borussia Dortmund are unwilling to sell Erling Haaland for less than £150m.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 6, 2021
Lastly, Fjörtoft claims that Haaland could sign a preliminary contract with Bayern Munich after playing one more season at Signal Iduna Park. This would be accomplished with an exit clause of 75 million euros. While still a high fee, this could be considered a bargain based on what his asking price currently is.
However, there is a catch with this deal. In return, Bayern Munich would let Robert Lewandowski go with a fair offer, after being replaced by the young Norwegian. With recent rumors of the Pole’s departure from Bavaria, this could be an intriguing scenario. At the end of the day, this will boil down to what Haaland wants. What we do know is that he will be the main offensive threat at whichever top club he plays at in the coming years.
As much as Bayern fans would fear the day that Lewandowski leaves the club, Haaland replacing him is a pretty great compromise.