Erling Haaland has caught the eye of a host of European giants after an electric start to life at Borussia Dortmund, making a statement in the biggest stages like the UEFA Champions League. Next summer could be a turning point in his career, as a €75m ($87m) release clause will activate on his contract.
For a striker who has more goals than games with the Bundesliga giants (70 goals in 69 appearances), that's a real bargain. Therefore, it seems like it would be the perfect opportunity for Real Madrid to land the coveted hitman.
But, according to ESPN, the Norwegian star will demand at least a £30m ($41m) annual salary, which would put the Premier League clubs who want him in the front queue. Here, find out who are all the teams who are interested in the goalscoring machine and their chances of winning the race for him.
It's no secret that Los Merengues are huge fans of Erling Haaland, but it's also true that their priority target is Kylian Mbappe, who runs out of contract with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. Haaland's demands wouldn't be matched by the Spanish giants, according to As.
The Red Devils have been long-time admirers of the Dortmund ace, as he turned down Manchester United to join the German side in January 2020. But the English side won't give up on him and it would afford his release clause without any problem, hoping that this time Haaland doesn't turn them down.
The Premier League reigning champions have failed in their attempt to land Harry Kane from Tottenham in the summer and they would switch their attention to Haaland. His €75m release clause is affordable for Manchester City, who would also be more than capable of satisfying his salary demands.
The 2020-21 Champions League winners are also set to battle it out for Haaland, as Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel admitted they had already set their sights on him. Dortmund's demands were impossible to match, but his new release clause would change the whole outlook. The Blues, as we know, are one of the richest clubs in Europe. So, if Haaland makes a decision based on money, Chelsea would automatically be frontrunners.
PSG may have done one of the best transfer windows in history, but that wouldn't be it for them. With Lionel Messi and Neymar, while Mbappe's future is still in doubt, Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in adding Haaland to their star-studded roster. ESPN, however, reports they run from behind.
The Bavarians would keep an eye on Haaland's situation as Robert Lewandowski's future at the club is uncertain, as his contract runs out in 2023. As claims they'll keep tabs on him in case the Poland international wants to leave, but ESPN suggests they are not in the front queue.