Mino Raiola has given nothing away regarding the future of Erling Haaland, but he has admitted he may have made a mistake when sending the striker to Borussia Dortmund.
Haaland only moved to Dortmund in December 2019, but he could yet make his next step at the end of the season. He joined the Bundesliga side for just €22.5m with Manchester United heavily interested in him. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who worked with the forward at Molde, made a personal trip to persuade the 20-year-old to sign for the club. Raiola though had other ideas, with United understood to be unwilling to pay the agent’s demands.
His red-hot goalscoring form though has continued for BVB with 49 goals from his 49 outings. That has led to suggestions he could be on the move again with United, Manchester City and Chelsea all said to be interested in him.
“This is a moment of waiting and seeing what is in the best interest of the player,” said Raiola. “Sometimes the best interest of the player is not to move when everybody says he has to move.
“And sometimes it is in the best interest of the player to move when everybody says he has to stay. So we will see what happens.”
The super agent did though suggest that he may have got Haaland’s move to Dortmund wrong.
He told The Athletic that Haaland has developed quicker than anyone could have imagined: “With Haaland, everybody was wrong. He did things much quicker than everybody imagined. Haaland is in front of his own development. He is ahead of his own schedule.
“Maybe I was too careful when I said, ‘Oh no, let’s move to Dortmund instead of I-don’t-know-where’.
“This boy — I’m 100 per cent convinced and everybody’s convinced — can move to any club, wherever he wants, already on this level. And he could have done that last year. But maybe last year there were still teams (saying), ‘Oh, he was in Red Bull, can he do it in another club?’. He is quicker than his own prediction. So yeah, Haaland is the talk of the town.”
2021 price set for Haaland
United boss Solskjaer has since admitted he is “following” Haaland.
Speaking in Feburary, the Norwegian said: “One, you know I can’t speak about Erling because he’s with Borussia Dortmund and I think it’s disrespectful to talk too much about it apart from that I know him and that I speak to him.
“Who wasn’t interested in him a year ago? Because everyone would say you’d take the best players in the world and Erling is a top player.”
Previous reports have outlined how Haaland has a €75m (£64million) release clause in his contract which activates in the summer of 2022.
However, the sort of fee Dortmund would want this summer has remained in doubt for some time. That is, until ESPN claimed on Friday that the Bundesliga club will ask for €180million (£154million).