Borussia Dortmund are said to be ‘doing everything’ to keep Erling Haaland at the club for another season.
Haaland is amongst the most sought-after players in world football following his stunning success with the Bundesliga side, the forward having scored 70 goals in just 69 appearances across all competitions since moving to Dortmund.
The Norway international possesses a well-documented release clause in his contract that will become active this summer, with Europe’s elite sides monitoring his situation ahead of a potential move.
According to Sky Deutschland, Dortmund are ‘doing everything’ to persuade the 21-year-old to remain with the club for a further season, offering Haaland a significant wage increase in the hope of postponing his release clause until 2023.
Whilst Haaland’s release clause of €75 million looks attainable for most of Europe’s major clubs, the total package of a deal for the forward will rise hugely once the star’s contract and demands of agent Mino Raiola are factored in.
The report says that Manchester City remain the ‘hottest destination’ for Haaland following the club’s pursuit of a centre-forward last summer, the Premier League champions having seen a move for Harry Kane fail to materialise.
Liverpool have also been credited as suitors but the strength of the Reds’ interest remains unclear, though Manchester United and Chelsea invested in Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku respectively last summer.
Similarly, Bayern Munich are interested but currently have Robert Lewandowski leading the line, whilst Barcelona’s financial situation and Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe leaves Spain’s top two adrift of the front runners.
Mbappe’s expected move to Real Madrid could free space for Paris Saint-Germain to make a move, however, the French side amongst the few clubs in world football with the financial strength to secure a deal.