The Premier League’s biggest clubs are set to be put on alert as a report claims that Erling Haaland’s release clause will become active next month.
Along with fellow young superstar Kylian Mbappe and Spurs striker Harry Kane, the future of the Borussia Dortmund man is arguably one of the most talked-about topics in world football, with a whole host of Europe’s top sides seemingly intent on snapping him up in the near future.
In truth, it’s no surprise that there is such a clamour for his services, the 21-year-old having fired in 62 goals in just 63 games in all competitions since his move to the Bundesliga from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
There had been a long list of suitors prior to his move to Germany – namely Manchester United – yet that number has only increased in the last 18 months or so, with the Norwegian having already got the current season off to a fine start with five goals in just four games across all competitions.
There had been suggestion that Chelsea had been in the hunt to sign him this summer, yet they have since opted to move for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, with Haaland’s expected fee this summer likely to have been above and beyond £150m.
It has widely been reported that the forward’s contract contains a €75 million release clause that comes into effect next summer, though Spanish outlet Marca are reporting that it could come into effect on 1st September – the day after the transfer window closes.
That will mean that interested parties will be able to agree a deal next month with a view to a transfer next year, meaning the forward could be available to move as early as the January transfer window.
As per the report, the player’s notorious agent Mino Raiola is also in no rush to spark a move this summer, as he’s aware that the reduced transfer fee in the future could see him, and his client, secure a more profitable contract, while it also may benefit Haaland as a player to continue to develop with a club who seemingly has a knack for getting the best out of young talent.
Having coached the player at Molde, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly keen to bring the prolific forward to United, while Raiola also met with both Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent months, albeit with a move to the Nou Camp less likely due to their dire financial woes.
Man City have been chasing the signature of Harry Kane this summer, though have so far not met Spurs reported £150m valuation, and they could perhaps make a move for the much cheaper Haaland should be be available in the winter window.