It is widely expected that Erling Haaland will depart Borussia Dortmund next summer, with the Norwegian marksman having made a massive impression during his 18 months with the club, maturing into one of the most clinical finishers in world football.
However, he has a supposed release clause written into his contract that becomes active in the summer of 2022, set at the bargain price of 68 million pounds, as per the Daily Mail.
Given his goalscoring record, there will be a whole host of clubs queuing up for his signature, including the likes of Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona (should they sort their financial troubles).
One thing is for certain: whoever Haaland chooses to join will be getting a stone-cold killer with a decade of top-level football ahead of him, for a snip in today’s transfer market.
Given the nature of the situation, it is understandable that Borussia Dortmund are already looking at potential replacements for their star man, should he leave in 2022. As per a report in Sport Bild (via the Daily Mail), one of those being sought is none other than Chelsea forward Timo Werner.
Werner has had a difficult time at Stamford Bridge since a big-money move in the summer of 2020, returning just 6 league goals last campaign. Following Romelu Lukaku’s addition this summer, the German has fallen down the pecking order even further, starting just one of the opening four Premier League games, and none since Lukaku joined the club.
It would be a move that goes against Borussia Dortmund’s general philosophy of signing highly-rated youngsters, but it could prove a masterstroke if Werner could rediscover his Bundesliga form in black and yellow.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.