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mega money Borussia Dortmund chief won't be drawn on talks he staged over Erling Haaland's future


Erling Haaland is in demand

Erling Haaland is in demand

Erling Haaland is in demand

Borussia Dortmund director Sebastian Kehl has insisted his club are planning for a future with striker Erling Haaland, but he admits the transfer circus around the Norway striker could be taken out of their hands.

Publicity hungry agent Mino Raiola and Haaland's father Alf Inge have been involved in very public talks with clubs interested in signing the most wanted striker in Europe in recent days.

That despite Dortmund insisting they do not want to sell Haaland and would not consider any offers below €150milllion if they were to consider a sale this summer.

Dortmund director Kehl re-stated the position of the Bundesliga club on Saturday as he told Sky Germany: "Our position is clear: we are planning with Erling. We are very relaxed about the situation."

When asked for his view on Raiola's European tour trying to drum up interest in a sale he stated: "Of course we have been following the situation. But we had a very, very good talk with Mino and [Haaland's] father just recently.

"I don't want to go into those talks now. From a certain point on, we may no longer be able to influence what the future will bring.

"I have seen the boy in training in the last two days and I have seen how hungry he is and what a sparkle is in his eyes."

Despite his suggestion that a transfer may be unlikely this summer, Kehl and Dortmund's position could shift if the club fail to qualify for next season's Champions League and that prospect became more likely after a 2-1 Bundesliga defeat against top four rivals Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

While a clause in Haaland's contract will allow him to leave Dortmund for €75milllion in the summer of 2022, a transfer this summer may become more likely if the club are playing in the Europa League next season.

So while Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hinted his club may not be able to afford Haaland if his asking price remains at €150million, all that could change if the price were to drop.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for Haaland, but it remains to be seen if a deal of his value can be secured in a summer when all clubs have been impacted by the financial fallout of the global pandemic.

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