Manchester United face setback as Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke reveals Erling Haaland might not leave next summer
The Bundesliga goal-sensation has been sublime for the Signal Iduna Park outfit in the last year and a half. The 21-year-old has scored a ridiculous 68 goals and provided a further 19 assists in 67 appearances for the German outfit.
Dortmund, thus, fought hard to keep the Norwegian at the club over the summer despite interest from several clubs. However, the youngster is said to have a £77million release clause in his contract that will activate next summer, with Manchester United keen on signing him up.
However, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has now revealed that there is no certainty over an exit for Haaland next summer. He told Sport 1 (h/t The Mirror):
“It has not yet been decided whether it will really leave in the summer. We’ll just have a look. I heard someone say: ‘They have to sell Haaland because they are listed on the stock exchange.’ This is all bulls***. The decision whether someone is sold at our company is made by the management and only by the management.”
Watzke also talked about the player’s agent Mino Raiola and claimed that they ‘get along well’.
“I know what makes him (Mino Raiola) tick. It is not right to believe that Raiola is all about the money. He also has in mind what is best for Erling.”
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United, who signed Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this summer, still intend to bring the 21-year-old to the club next summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to strengthen his squad season-after-season, and if the Old Trafford outfit do manage to lure Haaland to Manchester, it would boost the quality in their ranks by a huge margin.