16/02/2022; 3:59 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are no longer at the peak of their powers, and even though they still command considerable commercial clout, their delivery on the pitch has diminished. The two players are gradually being shoved into the doldrums with new players coming on the scene.
Reports suggest Ronaldo is keen to leave Manchester United in the summer, while his rival Lionel Messi has still not found his feet at Paris Saint-Germain. What we can expect in the summer is a movement, with the usual suspects already being linked to other clubs.
The summer transfer window should be exciting as several players would move. With Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid looking more and more likely, the focus has shifted to Erling Haaland.
Dortmund are in a fierce battle to keep Erling Haaland in the summer. The Norwegian has been the subject of interest from various clubs. It is now a matter of when rather than if the striker will leave the German club. Haaland is keen to leave Dortmund to boost his chances of winning titles.
Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg two years ago and has continued to deliver on the promise. The 6 feet 4 inches striker is one of the most feared strikers in the world.
The youngster has an astounding record for Dortmund scoring goals with reckless abandon. The Norwegian international has scored 80 goals in just 79 games, helping the team win the DFB-Pokal last season.
It seems the striker’s tenure at Signalna Park is close to an end with the interest he has generated so far. Haaland has a clause in his contract that could see him leave for £67 million. The figure is affordable for many top clubs, and there should be a scramble for the Norwegian striker.
A scramble for Haaland is in the offing. The 21-year-old has set out conditions for his next club with Man Utd, Man City, Real Madrid, and Barcelona set to jostle for his signature.
AS reports that Haaland has a close bond with former Swansea City star Michu, and the Spaniard, who also starred for Rayo Vallecano has laid out conditions for his next club. He claims that Haaland disclosed this to him in a conversation.
The Spaniard told Cadena SER that Haaland is unlikely to continue with Dortmund in the summer. According to Michu, Haaland wants a strong team that can compete for the Champions League. He said the Norwegian striker wants a competitive team.
The news does not bode well for Manchester United and Barcelona, who are both in a race to make it to the Champions League next season. Barcelona, however, seems to be Haaland’s preferred choice despite their struggles for a Champions League place.
With Kylian Mbappe heading to Real Madrid, Los Blancos would find it hard to sign the Norwegian.
Michu also said that Haaland is looking for a long-term project, with the finances less of a priority for him.