Pundit Dietmar Hamann has slammed agent Mino Raiola and Alf Inge Haaland for travelling across Europe for transfer talks about Erling Haaland.
Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland heads into this summer’s transfer window as one of its hottest properties. The 20-year-old, seen as a future Ballon d’Or winner, has scored 33 goals in 32 games. Consequently, clubs across Europe are supposedly lining up to race for his signature.
But alongside that narrative, Haaland’s father, Alf Inge, and his agent, Raiola, travelled across the continent this week for initial talks with several clubs.
They arrived in Barcelona on Thursday, before travelling to London on Friday. While in England, the pair reportedly held talks with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Such talks came ahead of Dortmund’s crunch Bundesliga clash with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Dortmund lost 2-1 and will now struggle to qualify for the Champions League. However, ex-Liverpool star Hamann has slammed the timing of the transfer talks.
“It’s the most important game of the season and you are not able to address this behaviour because you are afraid to upset the player,” the pundit told Bild.
“Dortmund should think about why the players are always walking all over them. They lack leadership there.
“The behaviour of Haaland’s father and Raiola is unspeakable, disrespectful, a cheek. If he wants to go, let him go.
“Dortmund paid a lot of money for an 18-year-old, he should be happy that he can play there.”
Dortmund chief makes Haaland exit admission
Haaland’s contract, which reportedly features a €75million release clause from next summer, runs out in 2024.
Speaking to Goal, Dortmund’s head of first-team football Sebastian Kehl said of the player’s future: ” Our position is clear: we are planning with Erling. We are very relaxed about that.
“Of course, we have been following the situation. But we had a very, very good talk with Mino and his [Haaland’s] father just recently.”
He added on the potential of Haaland leaving this summer: “I don’t want to go into those talks now.
“From a certain point on, we may no longer be able to influence what the future will bring.”