Dortmund’s absence from top four could trigger race for Erling Haaland

Currently sitting 5th place in the Bundesliga table, two points behind the final Champions League spot, Borussia Dortmund have had a disappointing season by the high standards of the club. The lack of competitiveness against the big Champions League sides have only made the transfer rumors surrounding their biggest star even louder and more constant. But the club is standing their ground and remaining consistent in their message – Erling Haaland is not for sale.

One of the hottest commodities in the market, the 20-year-old Golden Boy has been linked to European giants such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and both Manchester clubs since his meteoric rise at Red Bull Salzburg in 2019. In December of the same year, he opted to join Dortmund for a reported fee of twenty million euros, shocking the footballing world and frustrating the big whales of the transfer market. Even after signing a four-and-a-half-year contract, the prolific goal-scorer has never been out of the transfer buzz.

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With Dortmund in danger of not qualifying for next year’s UEFA Champions League, the transfer rumors have intensified, and the future of the young star could be related to his team’s immediate success, even if the destination is still unknown.

Despite the rumors, club executives have stood firm and even gone so far as to guarantee Haaland’s presence in the team for the 2021-2022 campaign, regardless of which continental competition they’ll end up playing in. Given that Haaland’s release clause of €75 million can be triggered in 2022, in combination with the current COVID situation, a move next summer appears more likely. Dortmund would be foolish to refuse an offer of €150-200 million for the Norwegian, but no club has that kind of money to spend in today’s desperate world.

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Big players live for the big moments, in the biggest stages, against the greatest teams and players in the world. Despite its loyal fanbase and financial stability, the ceiling for this Borussia Dortmund team is low compared to other European giants, which might attract the striker to leave the club. If he maintains his incredible goal-scoring form, the Yellow Wall in Dortmund might become too small for Haaland’s ambition, and the question of whether or not he will be transferred will suddenly become irrelevant. The only question that will remain is when.

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