Manchester United’s hopes of signing striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer have been dealt a blow.
United, along with Real Madrid, are both hoping to sign the Norwegian teenager in the summer by taking advantage of a £65 million release clause in his contract, but they have now been informed that it does not come into effect until 2022.
And that means that Dortmund, even if they were mindful to sell him, would be expecting a much greater sum for a player that they only signed for £20 million from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg at the end of December.
The 19 year old, despite having his pick of clubs in Europe then, chose to move to Dortmund to continue his development, and has made a strong start to life in Germany. He had scored 12 goals in just 11 appearances for the Bundesliga side, when the season was suspended.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.