The race for Erling Haaland has been heating up with a new club linked to the Borussia Dortmund superstar every day. Signing a possibly generational talent was never going to be easy in a heated market, let alone for Barcelona – a club on the brink of financial bankruptcy.
With June nearing in, things were bound to get worse, with ESPN relaying the bad news this time. They have reported that Dortmund have set an asking price on Erling Haaland, which will start at €180 million. With that as the quoted price, it automatically pushes away most of the clubs that would have liked his services, leaving possibly only Manchester City afloat in the race.
Earlier this year, super-agent Mino Raiola quoted that there are ten clubs in the world that are after Haaland. Barcelona, along with City, and possibly Real Madrid are the clubs in pole position to sign him for different reasons.
Barça president is on great terms with Raiola and if reports are to be believed, the two are in touch already. While the light-blue Manchester outfit can certainly pay the asking price for the striker, they have a very strict wage structure in place and will not agree to a higher salary.
Real Madrid have not made a signing for two transfer windows now and will be keen to get their hands into the market looking for some generational gold. However, it is no new news that their priority is Haaland’s to-be rival in the future Kylian Mbappe. Signing both of them in the same window is impossible and would render their financials destroyed.
Dortmund are in a vulnerable place in the Bundesliga, sitting four points adrift of fourth place with a mere 43 points after 26 gameweeks. If they fail to qualify for the Champions League, the German outfit will have to sell a lot of their assets, including both Haaland and Jadon Sancho.
That said, if they manage to keep hold of the Norwegian this summer, his €75 million release clause will come knocking in the June of 2022 which is bound to hurt the club even more in the financial sphere, and Barcelona will have to dive into the market looking for alternatives. As it stands, though, his 21 goals in 21 games in the league are probably the only reason Dortmund are anywhere near a UCL spot, but that it is unsustainable and the fuel might run out soon enough.
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