Erling Haaland’s Premier League suitors receive major boost with Dortmund prodigy ‘certain to look for way out this summer’ but Real Madrid tied up with pursuit of Kylian Mbappe
- Borussia Dortmund top scorer Erling Haaland could leave the club this summer
- LaLiga leaders Real Madrid were thought to be frontrunners to sign him in 2022
- Premier League sides Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are keen
- Madrid could be hampered if Dortmund fail to qualify for the Champions League
Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, is said to have a verbal agreement with Madrid that his client will join the LaLiga leaders in 2022, but Dortmund’s dwindling prospects of qualifying for the Champions League are likely to hasten the 20-year-old’s departure.
Madrid president Florentino Perez’s commitment to a move for Paris Saint-Germain hotshot Kylian Mbappe at the end of this season would rule Dortmund out of contention for Haaland at that point, according to AS.
Real Madrid may not be able to sign Erling Haaland (left) this year as they chase Kylian Mbappe
Dortmund are seven points short of a Champions League qualification spot with six games left
That would put the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in a stronger position to sign Haaland, who is the top scorer in the Champions League this season with 10 goals.
The Norway talisman’s loss of scoring form against City, failing to notch in either leg of Dortmund’s Champions League quarter-final against the Premier League leaders, could be a result of his frustration at Madrid’s situation, the report says.
Haaland and his father, Alf Inge, flew to Spain with Raiola for high-profile talks with Perez and new Barcelona president Joan Laporta earlier this month.
He is expected to command a transfer fee of at least £100 million and wages of around £30 million a year.
Madrid are reportedly intent on capturing Mbappe this summer before adding Haaland in 2022
Speaking about Haaland this week, City boss Pep Guardiola called the prolific newcomer ‘almost unstoppable’.
Guardiola told the MEN: ‘The best way to defend against these talented players is to not let them have the ball.
‘They want the ball, they need the ball, so don’t [let them] have it. For that, we need to play well and try to make him stay away from our box.
‘He’s a top-class player and will be stronger in the future… not [just] because he is fast, [but because of] the quality of his first control, how he links with his teammates, [being] strong in the air and good finishing.’
Despite Dortmund’s exit, Haaland remains two goals ahead of Mbappe and four ahead of his teammate, Neymar, and Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud ahead of the semi-finals of the competition later this month.