Borussia Dortmund won’t be letting Erling Haaland go for less than €200m (£172m) this summer, according to reports in the Spanish media.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all held talks with the Norwegian’s agent, Mino Raiola, in recent months but Dortmund are expected to refuse all bids for the striker unless a team can match their extremely high price tag.
It is clearly designed to scare off potential buyers and supporters on Twitter have pretty much written off City’s chances of getting Haaland:
For that money you could have Kane and grealish and still have a few million to spare
— Joe (@DaveFazex) June 6, 2021
He is not coming
— Jakub (@Jakub30906197) June 6, 2021
They want to challenge for the tittle somethings are bigger than cash
— Certifiedloverboy?16 (@TsakaniMabaso16) June 7, 2021
Little lol ? Neymar really doomed the transfer market forever
— Philip W, Foden ??????? (@goodkidMCFCity_) June 6, 2021
Just use delap and Jesus and buy him next summer if needed
— crucialcancelo2️⃣7️⃣ ?? (@crucialcancelo) June 6, 2021
— sheMA (@She_MA2) June 6, 2021
With Haaland’s €75m (£64m) release clause coming into effect next year, it seems Dortmund are willing to sacrifice £50m to £100m in order to get another year out of the 20-year-old.
That is a very bold decision and one which won’t please City. With a replacement for Sergio Aguero desperately needed, it means a move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane is looking ever more likely.