Borussia Dortmund executive Michael Zorc has doubled the club’s plans to keep Erling Haaland at all costs this summer. The Norwegian frontman, who continues to develop at an alarming rate, has put himself on display once again as Europe’s elite eyeing a successful transfer at the end of the season.
Even so, Dortmund is not willing to give in to the pressure and is not yet ready to part with the player.
They put a bumper price tag on the attacker’s head that is believed to be around £ 150 million in an attempt to scare potential bidders.
Last week, Zorc met with Riola, Haaland’s agent, to disclose that Dortmund wants to keep the talisman.
The next day, the super agent traveled to Spain to meet Barcelona and Real Madrid to discuss a possible transfer.
If Dortmund manages to keep Haaland, they are likely to lose him at a much cheaper price a year later, when his £ 64 million release clause goes into effect in the summer of 2022.
Champions League qualification must be decisive for Dortmund in an attempt to retain Haaland.
They are now seven points out of the top four, after a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend.
Haaland is desperate to continue playing in Europe’s elite club competition and will not join a club that does not play in the Champions League.
As it stands, Manchester City, Dortmund’s Champions League opponents, are believed to be among Haaland’s favorites.
The club announced two weeks ago that Sergio Aguero would leave the game after his summer contract ended.
This leaves City in need of a new No. 9 and now they could pay over £ 100 million for a player for the first time in their history.
Barcelona is also a serious candidate, allowing them to raise funds while new president Joan Laporta struggles to convince Lionel Messi to sign a contract extension.