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Borussia Dortmund were able to keep Erling Haaland in the summer despite repeated attempts from several clubs to sign the Norwegian. However, it appears that the German outfit cannot be able to keep off competition for much longer, as Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, has sensationally claimed that it is very likely that this will be the striker’s last season at the Signal Iduna Park. Even though Raiola went on to dismiss his statements later, but it has not stopped the rumour mill to get kickstarted.
There are widespread rumours that Haaland has a £70 million release clause in his contract which will get activated only in the upcoming summer. Despite being aware about such a potential opportunity, Chelsea were even prepared to pay upwards of £100 million to sign the 21-year-old last summer. Roman Abramovich even reportedly had made signing Haaland as a personal objective. Now, the blues appear to be out of the running after bringing in Romelu Lukaku for £97 million.
In fact, Mino Raiola has even gone to the extent of naming some of the potential destinations for his client. According to Raiola, the next stage for the centre-forward could be Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich.
— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) December 11, 2021
It is very unlikely that Barcelona would come anywhere close to signing Haaland considering the deep financial difficulties that the club finds itself. The Catalan outfit have been barely able to meet their expenses even with the string of free transfers. Apart from having to spend around £75 million on the transfer fees and agent commissions, Barcelona would have to further spend upwards of £300,000 per week in wages. It is very unlikely that Haaland would move to a club that is no longer at the top of their game and are going through a transitional period.
Real Madrid are actively pursuing a replacement for Karim Benzema, and it is very likely that the Los Blancos will bring in Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer this summer. At the same time, Benzema is not up for an exit anytime soon. This would leave Madrid with an embarrassment of riches going forward. Even though the club are no strangers to finding themselves in such a position, the current financial scenario of Real Madrid may not allow them to do the same.
Bayern Munich would be a great destination for Haaland given that he has to go through little in the way of adjustments to suit a new league. After having been one of the explosive centre forwards in German football, it may not take long for Haaland to be the replacement for Robert Lewandowski. Even though the Polish international continues to be in the mix for the top honours including the Ballon d’Or award, he is undoubtedly approaching the tail end of his career. At 35, Lewandowski may not be around at the top level of the game for more than a year or two. Until then, Bayern might struggle to establish a pecking order up front.
Manchester City might seem a highly possible destination given that Mino Raiola already has close ties with English football teams. City do need a proper centre forward who will be able to offer some aerial threat while still offering the usual qualities that Guardiola is after. Since the decline and departure of Sergio Aguero, City have been dependent on players other than centre forwards to come up with the goals. The presence of a player like Haaland will make City one step closer towards fulfilling the ultimate ambition of winning the Champions League. At the moment, City have the tendency to be one-dimensional due to the lack of a different type of player leading the line. Haaland may very well be the missing piece in the jigsaw for City’s Champions League ambitions.