Borussia Dortmund are relaxed about transfer interest in Erling Haaland and have not set a deadline for deciding his future, sporting director Michael Zorc has said.
The 20-year-old Norwegian is currently one of the most in-demand players in world football, with players like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Manchester United vying for his signing.
Dortmund have said on several occasions that they have no plans to sell the striker this summer, with Zorc revealing that he has reiterated the club’s position to agent Mino Raiola.
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Dortmund are no stranger to transfer speculation surrounding one of their star players, with Manchester United heavily linked with the transfer of England striker Jadon Sancho last summer.
Sancho eventually ended up staying in Germany, Dortmund reportedly set a deadline for the Red Devils to come up with an acceptable offer that came and went.
The club do not appear to be using such tactics on this occasion, with Zorc being equally relaxed about Raiola’s trip to Spain last week to meet with Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“I don’t see the need to set deadlines [for transfers] right now. ”Zorc said.
“With Erling Haaland, we have a clear position which we have communicated to the parties concerned.
“Yesterday I spoke to Mino Raiola. We made our intentions clear. It’s no problem when Alfie [Haaland’s father] and Mino want to sunbathe on the Mediterranean Sea.
“I am relaxed because I know what we want.”
The big picture
Dortmund have been consistent in their desire to keep Haaland despite intense interest in his services.
They see him as a central part of their future endeavors under the leadership of new boss Marco Rose, who takes over this summer, and showed with Sancho last year that they won’t be intimidated into selling a valuable asset.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League may increase the pressure to sell, but they would still demand exorbitant fees for a player who still has three years on the contract.
Such fees could prove prohibitive even for the biggest clubs in the game, given the financial blow caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
A release clause with a reported value of € 75million (£ 67million / $ 92million) will also come into effect next year, meaning these clubs could still decide to stay tight for 12 additional months.