Erling Haaland is currently the most sought-after football player on the planet. Although almost everyone outside Dortmund expects the 21-year-old to change next summer, Hans-Joachim Watzke does not want to let his jewel go without a fight.
Compared to the world the BVB boss spoke about the future of the black and yellow top striker, who should have an exit clause in his contract from 2022, which, according to various media reports, is between 75 and 90 million euros. Watzke admitted that it would be “naturally difficult” to keep Haaland beyond the coming season.
The 62-year-old also added: “But I’m not saying that it is completely impossible. We will do everything we can to keep our top players in the future.”
Nonetheless, at BVB you always have to ask yourself the question: “What is responsible and what is no longer?” Because in addition to the substantial income that a Haaland sale would bring, the 21-year-old’s salary is also an issue.
the Sports picture had recently revealed that Mino Raiola, the Norwegian star advisor, is aiming for an annual salary of 50 million euros from the coming season – in such spheres the Dortmunders (and all other clubs that have no sheik behind them) can of course not keep up .
Should there be a departure from Haaland in 2022, Watzke would not be afraid: “We have to have the self-confidence to say: We will find a new top striker again,” demanded the Sauerlander.
The lot of BVB is that they tread a “Sisyphus path” on the transfer market and “keep pushing a huge stone up the mountain”. With Jadon Sancho, Ousmane Dembélé, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic, the Westphalians have lost some top-class players in recent years, but have been able to adequately replace them every time. Watzke therefore assured that BVB is in control of its business.