Inter Milan sporting director Beppe Marotta has ruled out the possibility of any Italian club signing Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland next summer.
Haaland, 21, is undoubtedly the hottest prospect in world football at present. The Norway international is the ultimate ‘natural goalscorer’ and continues to find the net for fun. He joined Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg midway through 2019-2020.
The talented youngster bagged 16 goals from 18 appearances in all competitions that season. And the following season he netted 41 times from as many games.
The Scandinavian has already celebrated 11 goals from only eight outings this term and is on the radar of all the big clubs. Liverpool have joined the Manchester duo in being mentioned in connection with the forward.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are the others thought to be in the frame. Marotta used to work at Juventus.
And he feels, having missed the boat with Haaland a couple of years ago, there is no chance of any Serie A club landing the hotshot.
“One of my biggest regrets was a deal for Haaland,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport, per The Mirror. “I was CEO at Juventus and we had the opportunity to sign him for €2million from Molde.
“We were close. Now it is impossible to see Haaland playing in Serie A. Italian clubs have absolutely no chance of signing him next summer.”
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Haaland tussle already under way
Haaland has continually played down speculation over his future. When asked about a possible mega-bucks move to Chelsea last summer, he played his cards close to his chest.
“I don’t really have much to say about this,” he replied. “I have three years left on my contract and I’m enjoying my time here.
“Before yesterday, I didn’t speak to my agent in one month – I think you have the answer there.”
But it is likely that dialogue between clubs and agent Mino Raiola has already taken place. The Italian inserted a release clause of around £68m in his BVB deal which becomes active next summer.
The starlet’s future will dominate the summer 2022 transfer window. There has been talk that Dortmund will try to keep hold of him for another season. But, with the sums on offer, that seems unlikely to happen.
Haaland has also shone at international level and has notched 12 goals from 15 Norway outings.