Dortmund snatch Haaland from Solskjaer’s hands

An £18million deal due to his release clause helped Borussia Dortmund bring the prolific teenage striker to the German side with the business end of the Champions League and Bundesliga beginning

Haaland to Dortmund

Norwegian youth star Erling Braut Haaland is set to join Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund after heavy links with Manchester United, Juventus and PSG. The 19-year old prolific striker has had an amazing season for Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg scoring 28 goals in 22 games including 8 in the Champions League. His amazing form attracted big clubs from all parts of Europe but Dortmund jumped in front of the queue and snapped the talented teenager with a contract till 2024.

Former Leeds and Manchester City midfielder Alf Inge Haaland would have felt slightly bitter if his son Erling joined his club rivals in the January transfer window. A key factor with the rumour was how Erling Haaland had acclimatized to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s style of play when he managed Norwegian side Molde. Reports claim that the deal is worth £18million due to a release clause in Haaland’s contract, with the prolific teenager set to earn around £130,000 a week at Dortmund.

He will now be playing alongside the likes of Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho and look to make the most of this opportunity. Leeds-born Haaland is represented by Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, and that was said to be a stumbling block in negotiations with United due to Pogba’s current relationship with the club.

Juventus were also said to be chasing Haaland, but reports in Italy claimed that his wage demands proved too much for a club that already features several high-earners on the books. Haaland scored 28 goals in 22 games this season. As cited by Football Italia, Tuttosport reported that Haaland wanted around €8million a season, which would place him fourth in the list of the club’s wage earners behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín.

Dortmund currently sits fourth in the Bundesliga table, and will face Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 of the Champions League in February.  The club needed some changes in the attack with the likes of Paco Alcacer and Mario Götze not being able to provide the results this year. Erling, being a 6’ 4” tall striker, could provide the right aerial support to Jadon Sancho and Julian Brandt’s crosses to take the team to the top of the table by the end of the season.

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