Erling Haaland has been given a stark warning by Borussia Dortmund teammate Mats Hummels regarding a potential transfer to Manchester United or Manchester City.
Haaland, 21, is already one of world football’s most fearsome forwards. Since arriving in Dortmund, the Norwegian hotshot has blasted 68 goals in 67 outings. While some might point towards the Bundesliga being comparatively weaker to the Premier League or La Liga, Haaland’s Champions League record speaks for itself.
The rangy striker has plundered 13 goals in 11 Champions League matches in the yellow and black. Prior to that, he scored eight in six for RB Salzburg in a group that contained Liverpool and Napoli.
As such, Haaland has been linked with the vast majority of Europe’s elite clubs. What’s more, his reported £68m release clause that activates next summer has made him affordable to many.
While Real Madrid appear to be in pole position, Manchester United and Manchester City are also believed to be in the mix. Indeed, United’s hierarchy were recently revealed to have come to an agreement regarding Haaland’s potential future at Old Trafford.
However, speaking to German newspaper Bild, Dortmund teammate Hummels has warned Haaland off making a move.
Hummels had been a Dortmund stalwart before leaving for Bayern Munich in 2016.
And despite winning three successive Bundesliga titles in Bavaria, Hummels warned the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Indeed, Hummels returned to Dortmund three years later after falling down the pecking order.
Hummels said (via Spox): “I can fully understand him if he wants to stay! Because it’s great in Dortmund, because he knows what he’s got here. I haven’t given up hope that he’ll stay for a long time.
“The grass on the other hand is not always greener. You really should be aware of that in football.
“It’s worth a lot if you have a good environment, and you feel comfortable with the boys, too.
“You have to appreciate that. That is not the case in every club. So we have a lot to offer Erling, it is not like that.”
Man City poised to make Haaland move
Meanwhile, Man City chiefs will reportedly meet with agent Mino Raiola in January to discuss the signing of Haaland.
After missing out on Harry Kane in the summer, The Times now claim that City have made their transfer priority known. They want Dortmund striker Haaland, whatever the cost.
They will meet with Raiola in January to discuss the potential for a summer switch to the Etihad.City could land the goalscorer for a cut-price fee too, as his £68m release clause activates in June.
The Times write that Guardiola is desperate to sign a new striker to replace Sergio Aguero. The Argentine left for Barcelona this summer and his successor is yet to be found.
City’s links with Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, could prove important to the summer pursuit. The Norwegian played in Manchester between 2000-2003.