Borussia Dortmund are not planning on giving Erling Haaland up without a fight this summer despite his release clause being set to come into play in 2022.
The Bundesliga giants are braced to lose their star man next year with Europe’s elite queuing up to activate the £65million asking price in his current deal.
With finances tight at Signal Iduna Park, there have been suggestions Dortmund could cash in on Haaland this summer for a higher fee as the likes of Chelsea and Man City scramble to beat their rivals to his signature.
But Dortmund are intent on keeping the 20-year-old for at least another campaign and are demanding more than double his release clause fee to let him go at the end of this season.
As reports ESPN, the club want £154million to allow Haaland to depart a year early in a stance designed to ward off potential bidders.
It’s a tactic which would see Dortmund lose out financially in the long run but club chiefs are hopeful of mounting a title challenge in 2021/22 with Haaland spearheading their attack.
Borussia Monchengladbach boss Marco Rose is due to take over the reins from Edin Terzic as Dortmund manager in the summer and the club are keen to get his tenure off to a successful start.
It goes without saying that they stand their best chance of that with Haaland in their ranks, and the striker is in no immediate rush to move on.
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Asked recently about speculation surrounding his future, Haaland told VG : “I still have a three-year contract, I’m not concerned about that.”
Chelsea were setting their sights on signing Haaland this summer as the rest of Europe’s top clubs balanced their books amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, but may now have to rethink their approach in light of Dortmund’s demands.
Man City are one of the few clubs also in a position to launch a bid this year but would find it difficult to justify such a big outlay when they feel they are in a strong position to land him at a cut-price in 2022.