Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has told prospective buyers that Erling Haaland won’t be sold on the cheap this summer.
There had been speculation that if Dortmund don’t qualify for the Champions League this season they would be under pressure to raise funds due to the financial impact of the global health crisis. However, Watzke says this is simply not true:
“When [the virus] struck, we had no debt. Not one euro. Because of that, it is a comfortable situation. We do not have to sell a player. That is important. The rich clubs in the world, they must know when they want a player from Borussia Dortmund there are two possibilities. The first is that I tell them they have no chance. Other times, I will tell them ‘this is the price’. Then they must know this is the price. It is not another price. We are very clear. We are very honest.”
Dortmund are reportedly holding out for a fee in the region of €150m (£130m) to €180m (£156m) for Haaland, with the likes Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all thought to be interested in the Norwegian international.
City boss Pep Guardiola has said the club are not willing to pay over the odds for a striker this summer so whether Watzke’s comments will influence their decision to pursue Haaland, we shall see.
The Manchester club are also believed to be looking at the likes of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku, Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Andre Silva as possible alternatives.