Borussia Dortmund have not given up hope of retaining the sensation of striker Erling Haaland by offering to double the Norwegian’s salary next season.
Haaland is set to leave Dortmund in the summer of 2022, with a € 75million (£ 68million) release clause coming into effect.
All of Europe’s top clubs are desperate to land the hottest property in football, Manchester City and Manchester United are both reportedly desperate to make Haaland one of the highest paid players in the world.
However, he has now been reported which Bundesliga side Dortmund are not ready to give up without a fight, offering new terms for the striker that would see his salary nearly double from £ 6.78million to £ 12.72million per year.
Haaland, 21, joined BVB in January 2020, making the switch after breaking onto the scene with Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League.
He has since taken his game to a whole new level, scoring 68 goals in 67 black-and-yellow games, and has stunned Europe by scoring 21 times in 17 Champions League appearances.
Haaland looked likely to leave last summer when his agent Mino Raiola and father Alf-Inge toured Europe’s top teams as Dortmund looked set to miss out on Champions League qualification.
Interim coach Edin Terzic ultimately saved the day, leading the club to a top four as well as a DFB-Pokal victory, convincing Haaland to stay in northwest Germany.
This season, Dortmund are just one point behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and plan to remain at the top of the table under the leadership of much-loved new manager Marco Rose.
Reports from German media outlet Bild claim that Dortmund’s aspirations are growing and that they hope to retain Haaland as well as England superstar Jude Bellingham the summer after losing Jadon Sancho to United.
The new deal would also see Haaland’s release clause disappear, with Dortmund making a much larger profit from the € 20million they paid Salzburg for the forward in January 2020.
Haaland has already expressed his admiration for the fans on Dortmund’s famous yellow wall, and club manager Sebastian Kehl believes they could help convince the Norwegian to stay.
“It’s a driving force for many players who come to Dortmund,” Kehl said this week.
“This feeling, this atmosphere, these emotions. Erling is really looking forward to it. He also keeps asking, when will we have a sold-out crowd again? “
“Erling wants to be loved – and the people of Dortmund love him.”
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