Erling Haaland is likely to be on the move again this summer. Whether Borussia Dortmund want to let him go or not, a bidding war around Europe is set to commence, as his agent Mino Raiola and father Alf-Inge Haaland are having meeting after meeting with Europe’s elite.
The first stop on their European tour took them to Catalonia on Thursday, where they met newly elected Barcelona president Joan Laporta. After, they set off for the Spanish capital to converse with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. A trip to England is to follow, but much has been made of their stop-off in Spain.
Dortmund have maintained that they don’t want Haaland to leave, and any sale is likely to see them earn around 180 million euros. While there are some doubts surrounding the viability of either side of the Clasico divide being able to meet those demands, the German club have a history of negotiating with both.
Just a couple of seasons back, Paco Alcacer enjoyed a loan spell at the Bundesliga club – which they later made permanent – that allowed him to recover his form and get back in the Spain setup, after a disastrous time at the Camp Nou. Additionally, Barcelona splashed big money to take Ousmane Dembele away from Dortmund after losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.
Real Madrid might have the advantage
But Dortmund‘s history of negotiating with Real Madrid might play into Los Blancos‘ favour when it comes to Haaland talks. Florentino Perez and Hans-Joachim Watzke have a good relationship, and they’ve done plenty of business together in recent years.
Brazilian youngster Reinier Jesus is currently on loan from the Spanish champions in Germany, following a successful temporary spell spent there by Achraf Hakimi, who impressed so much that Inter were willing to spend more than 40 million euros to sign him.
As far back as 2011, Real Madrid negotiated a deal to sign Nuri Sahin from Dortmund before he was later loaned back to his former club in 2013, having struggled in Madrid and during a loan spell at Liverpool as well.
The Haaland discussions are likely to be more complicated than any of the above, for both Los Blancos and the Catalans. His market value is higher than anyone’s, and his value will only be driven up by the number of teams competing for his signature.