Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has spoken out regarding Erling Haaland’s future with the Bundesliga club, amid growing reports of a big money transfer this summer.
Watzke, during an interview with DAZN this week, has clarified the German club’s stance on the sale of their star striker.
The Norwegian international has been linked with a host of European clubs with a transfer worth upwards of €150 million as the exceptional forward is in hot demand across major European leagues.
Speaking on Erling Haaland’s future, Watzke said, "We don't have a parallel plan. We will talk to Erling, his father and his agent Mino Raiola. After all, we want him to be happy to stay with us and score goals for BVB next year with conviction. There is no alternative plan.”
Borussia Dortmund are currently seven points off from the UEFA Champions League qualification spots in the Bundesliga, and the club will suffer significant losses in revenue should they fail to turn their fate around soon.
When asked if the club would suffer severely in the event of a failure to qualify for the Champions League and would need to sell players like Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, Watzke said, "No matter what happens this season and the next, we don't have to apply for a loan, make any emergency sales or layoffs. We are under no pressure, which is a good starting position in this day and age."
Erling Haaland reportedly has a €75 million release clause that will become active at the end of the 2022 season, but after an outstanding 2020/2021 campaign at the Westfalenstadion, the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United are eager to secure the Norwegian’s services as soon as possible.
If this is just a negotiation tactic to strong arm the potential suitors, or whether Borussia Dortmund really intend to keep their number nine and risk losing him for just €75 million, will only be known in the coming months.
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