Soccer: Agent of Erling Haaland Hints at Next Destination

  • Super-agent Mino Raiola lifts lid on plans for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
  • European soccer’s hottest property will certainly move on.
  • Several top clubs in the hunt for the Norwegian’s signature.

There aren’t many 20-year-old soccer players who can have their pick of all the top-tier clubs – but Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is definitely one of them.

Following a $22m move to Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020, Haaland has grown to become one of Europe’s most impressive young forwards.

Having so far featured in 56 matches for the Black and Yellows, Haaland has racked up a remarkable 53 goals and 14 assists, in all competitions.

Despite owning almost everything to Borussia Dortmund, should the Norwegian striker decide to move on, he’ll have plenty of offers.

It goes without saying, despite living in this post-COVID era, all of Europe’s top clubs are likely to break the bank to secure one of soccer’s most talented young stars.

Who Gets Haaland… And When?

There is something unique about Haaland’s current situation.

Although it is widely accepted that a plethora of clubs would like to sign him once the summer transfer window opens, as per The Athletic, Haaland has a minimum release clause of $103m that becomes active in the summer of 2022.

Clubs, including Premier League giants Manchester United, have been left pondering whether or not to wait or make their move in the coming weeks.

In what has the potential to be a very expensive game of poker between Europe’s richest clubs, fans have been left to speculate where the young attacker could ply his trade his next.

It has been reported that as many as six clubs are currently interested in signing Haaland – Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris-Saint Germain.

However, with clubs facing major financial repercussions following the impact the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had, this summer’s biggest soccer conundrum will likely come down to which club makes their move first.

Mino Raiola Assesses Each Club’s Chances

Despite falling on hard times recently, there is no denying that 34-time Spanish league winners Real Madrid are still one of the sport’s biggest outfits.

With a whopping 13 Champions League titles to their name, it’s only a matter of time until Los Blancos return to their most successful days.

Although very much in the queue to try and sign Borussia Dortmund’s Haaland, Real Madrid, following the COVID-19 pandemic, have been hit particularly hard, financially.

Signing Haaland, now or next summer, will not be an easy task – likely to command a huge salary, agent Raiola knows it’s going to take deep pockets to lure his star client away from Germany ahead of time.

Speaking recently to Spanish outlet AS, Raiola has lifted the lid on his biggest breakthrough talent since the timeless legend that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Like all the greats – for him, it’s football first then everything else. Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They all made football the center of their lives.

Haaland doesn’t know what restaurants there are in Dortmund, he studies hard to get better, he trains hard.

The great champions, in my opinion, are the most straightforward people.

Mino Raiola on Erling Haaland

Going on to address which club his client could play for next, Raiola highlighted each possible destination.

Interestingly though, the businessmen didn’t mention Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United.

Whether or not the Red Devils have withdrawn their long-standing interest or because Raiola felt he didn’t need to highlight their huge stature within soccer remains to be seen.

However, one thing is for sure, Raiola’s seriousness when it comes to extracting maximum value from his most prized asset is not to be underestimated.

Haaland is interested in two things. Scoring goals, because he’s a little bit like Cristiano or Zlatan. It’s his obsession, in a positive way. And winning titles.

No doubt he’ll pick somewhere where he feels those two things go together best for him.

It’s really hard to lie – when a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid comes in for you, with so much history and being such a big club, it’s hard to say no.

PSG is getting into his group of big clubs, City is trying, Juventus have always been there.

The league they play in is important too. PSG plays in the worst league of the big clubs. Bayern are in an attractive league, but we know they always win it.

In Spain there are three clubs with a chance…

Mino Raiola on Erling Haaland’s next club
Leah is a 28-year-old professional British sports journalist who specialises in reporting on top-flight European football and MMA. Leah works for a top-tier UK sports media company which is where she can be found providing exclusive content and interviews with some of sport's biggest names. In her spare time Leah enjoys playing poker and listening to American hip-hop!

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