Erling Haaland has reportedly let slip which club he will soon transfer to after one suitor ‘won the race’ following a mammoth contract offer, per various outlets.
The Norwegian marksman has been simply sensational since arriving in Dortmund in two years ago. Haaland has operated at just over a goal per game for the Bundesliga side across all competitions. But with a generous release clause reportedly in the region of £64-£68m, Dortmund are struggling to retain their star man.
Indeed, Europe’s leading lights ranging from Chelsea and Man Utd, to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have all been credited with interest. Barcelona too are in the mix, though it was initially feared their financial strife would rule them out of contention.
However, according to the Sun, (citing Spanish outlet AS), it is Barcelona who have seemingly won the race. The Spanish publication’s headline reads: ‘Haaland chooses to sign for Barca’.
Furthermore, they state Xavi’s side are poised to secure Haaland’s signature after making a massive contract offer worth £480,000-per-week. That roughly equates to £25m-a-year, and is the figure German newspaper Bild suggested Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could sanction.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta reportedly confirmed on Monday that his side were pursuing Haaland. The Mirror add their take to the story, claiming a meeting between Laporta and Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, has borne fruit.
Real Madrid had appeared to be the frontrunners, though reports suggest they are prioritising signing Kylian Mbappe instead. Acquiring both Mbappe and Haaland in the same window may not be financially viable.
The Mirror add another snippet of information when revealing Haaland was recently on holiday in Marbella. When asked about his future, the striker supposedly said: “I will play in Spain.”
Dortmund chief Sebastian Kehl did little to dampen the speculation. Via the Mirror, he noted Dortmund will meet with Haaland soon to resolve his future once and for all.
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