There are almost twenty days left in the transfer window. The window is in full swing as deals that would not have happened in the past are coming together in a flash. But a Borussia Dortmund can be relaxed as they made their views on Erling Haaland clear. Norwegian superstar Haaland is not for sale in this window according to Dortmund. Although nothing is a given in this modern world, Dortmund can expect this window to close smoothly without further shaking.
𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐎𝐍 𝐇𝐀𝐒 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐄𝐃 ⚡️ #DFBpokal pic.twitter.com/rb42ZwTjb9
– Erling Haaland (@ErlingHaaland) August 7, 2021
Dortmund already lost Jadon Sancho in a successful £ 73 million deal with Manchester United. They would not risk selling Haaland to their rivals as they could revert to mediocrity instead of competing for top honors. The team must now focus on building a team capable of changing Bayern Munich in the league. Their intention was evident from the way they handled Sancho’s departure. Dutch forward Donyell Malen was quickly signed to replace Sancho.
𝙂𝙍𝙀𝘼𝙏 𝙔𝙀𝙇𝙇𝙊𝙒 𝙒𝘼𝙇𝙇,
Last night was for you. For your applause. For your passion. For your love. We always appreciate it! 🖤💛 pic.twitter.com/cbWrQHdenG
– Erling Haaland (@ErlingHaaland) May 14, 2021
Dortmund have stumbled in the league last season. Erling Haaland was their only hope, as the Norwegian’s goals kept them in the top 4. Jadon Sancho discovered their spark in time, as they finished the season strong. They lifted DFB Pokal by beating RB Leipzig and finished just one point behind them in third position. A new coach in Marco Rose is expected to propel them forward with Haaland as the focal point of the team. But what does Haaland’s permanence mean for Dortmund? Can the Rhine side make the most of Haaland and go for glory?
THE MARKER MACHINE
Perhaps the word meteoric rise was invented for Erling Braut Haaland. The poster boy of Norway’s golden generation has risen to the top quickly and, it seems, is not done yet. Hailing from a footballing family, the Leeds-born forward made his Norwegian league debut with Bryne. A move was followed to Molde. This move helped him capture the attention of famous scouts from the RB sports group. Haaland was instantly taken away by RB Salzburg.
* THREE GOALS IN 23 MINS! https://t.co/F7NWu8MDpw
– Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) January 18, 2020
The Austrian Bundesliga saw Haaland’s power before the whole world. A tall and agile forward blessed with immense physicality, Haaland is a monster in the penalty area with his shot. He harasses defenders with his pressure and it is best not to ruffle his feathers as the goal scoring machine could overdo it. Haaland’s exploits with Salzburg in the Champions League accelerated his career with a move to Dortmund.
Haaland arrived in Germany in the 2020 winter transfer window. He announced his arrival with a big hattrick from the bench to help Dortmund turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 victory. The prolific scorer was also awarded the Golden Boy award for the year 2020. Haaland was one of the best in the previous season, scoring 41 goals in all competitions at just 20 years old. According to underestimate, Haaland averages 3.43 goals per game and exceeded his xG 3.40 times in the previous season. These numbers show an elite striker who could come to dominate the world in the long run.
IT WILL STAY, BUT AT WHAT COST?
Such incredible numbers, elegance and style made Haaland an instant fan favorite. All the best clubs in the world that need a striker have made Haaland a top priority. Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have asked about him. His agent Mino Raiola went on a whirlwind tour of Europe to offer his client to various elite clubs. Chelsea has come closer only to be awarded a move when they turned to Romelu Lukaku. Bayern Munich recently dropped a hint that they might opt for Haaland in the near future. What a move that would be, another top-tier player from Dortmund going to Bavaria.
👀 How would you describe Erling Haaland to someone who has not seen him play?#UCL pic.twitter.com/GSyqMDNbPb
– UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 10, 2021
Chelsea would have offered a figure north of £ 100 million to lure Haaland to London. Dortmund sporting director Micheal Zorc never intended to sell Haaland. Zorc said: “We plan long term with Erling. I’ve never seen someone like him. We can look across Europe for a forward like Haaland. We will try to retain him as long as possible for sporting reasons. “
Great signing of Lukaku for Chelsea, of course.
But to be clear: Haaland was the first choice. Talks between clubs.
Understand that “they agreed”: “Package too expensive”
The Lukaku package is also expensive.
So this is more: Dortmund and Chelsea disagreed https://t.co/rEGPGHLECe
– Jan Aage Fjortoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 (@JanAageFjortoft) August 7, 2021
Zorc remained firm on his word and Dortmund will not sell Haaland this summer. Although this would be an outright victory for Dortmund on sporting grounds, they would be financially hurt if they sold it next summer instead. Rumor has it there is a release clause in Haaland’s contract with Dortmund. The clause is said to hover around the € 75 million to € 100 million mark. Reliable sources like ESPN they claim that there is no such clause. But if it exists, Dortmund would receive only half of what they probably receive today for Haaland. They are taking a financial risk by keeping Haaland to succeed on the field.
NOW OR NEVER
Dortmund’s massive gamble means they have to make the most of Haaland this season. Assuming the clause exists, any club with the right resources can activate it and speak to Haaland to obtain his services next summer. So this season could be the defining season for the Yellow Wall faithful when it comes to Haaland.
Good preseason! 💪🏼 now is the time for 21/22! pic.twitter.com/yr5OW9yKo1
– Erling Haaland (@ErlingHaaland) July 30, 2021
Jadon Sancho, Haaland’s biggest criminal partner on and off the pitch, left Dortmund this summer. This filled the club’s coffers and allowed them to take a chance with Haaland. Painting, a versatile striker capable of playing anywhere on the front row, is signed as a replacement for Sacnho. The club also has talented youngsters in Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham. Relying on Dortmund’s youth strategy, those stars can have fun this season. At Youssoufa Moukoko they have an incredible X-factor that could turn the games in their favor. Other senior professionals such as Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard, Axel Witsel, Emre Can, Thomas Meunier and Mats Hummels make up the core of the team competing for the Bundesliga.
Amazing to play in front of you again🖤💛 pic.twitter.com/K0lxzUjG8b
– Erling Haaland (@ErlingHaaland) August 7, 2021
Marco Rose impressed everyone with his fluid soccer at Monchengladbach. He was hired as a permanent manager to achieve success at Signal Iduna Park. If you can get the combinations of players and tactics right, your team can challenge or potentially displace defending champion Bayern Munich.
Dortmund will not enter the season as favorites. But they have Erling Haaland as a product of their strong will. Dortmund would hope that Haaland, with the help of his teammates, will make his way to glory and return the league title to the Rhineland.