Report says Erling Haaland has told random fans where he will play next season

Matthew Briggs
Erling Haaland points during Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund, December 2021

Erling Haaland has reportedly told some random fans in Marbella that he will “play in Spain” next season.

The 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker is currently in the Costa del Sol on a festive break. The Bundesliga is on a winter break with Dortmund not back in action until January 8 – against Eintracht Frankfurt. That has led the Haaland family to Spain, where they invested in a property in Malaga.

And while enjoying his time off in Marbella he was recognised by fans. With AS claiming when they approached him and asked him where he will play next year, he smiled and replied: “I will play here, in Spain.”

There’s absolutely zero to support the story from the Spanish publication. However, Haaland did spend time recovering in Spain from his latest injury. While Haaland’s father is understood to be a huge fan of the Andalusia region.

Of course both Barcelona and Real Madrid have been mentioned as suitors for the forward. Madrid have been more heavily linked, along with Manchester City and Manchester United.

It’s doubtful whether Barca have the financial capabilities to land Haaland. After a summer of free-transfer arrivals, they signed Ferran Torres from Man City for £46.7m, with further £8.5m coming in add-ons recently. But an outlay of £100m-plus for Haaland maybe be out of their reach.

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Haaland does have a £68m release clause which comes into effect next summer. Dortmund though have not given up on the striker, who has 76 goals in 75 competitive games for BVB.

German outlet Bild report Dortmund are putting together a club-record financial package to persuade Haaland to stay. Aided by the club’s kit manufacturer Puma, Dortmund are hoping to keep hold of Haaland with a huge offer.


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Haaland makes promise

The report details that Dortmund are prepared to double Haaland’s annual salary to £13.4m-a-year or the equivalent of £260,000-a-week.

 

The former Salzburg man could also be in line to collect up to £6.7m in bonuses from Puma.

But AS suggest Haaland’s time in Germany is up. They claim “Haaland doesn’t want to wait any longer”.

Haaland has claimed he is “coming for 2022” in an Instagram post, while the report claims he left a recent message: “My next six months in Dortmund will be my best six months.”

Whether or not Real can get a deal for Haaland and Kylian Mbappe over the line is debatable. But if they do there will be plenty of worried parties in the Premier League.

Not to mention both Manchester clubs, who have both got Haaland in their transfer plans.

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