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Erling Haaland has been told when to make a decision on his future by Borussia Dortmund, according to reports. The striker is the most highly sought player in world football and will likely leave the Bundesliga side in the summer. 

Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona have all been linked with Haaland, who has earned a reputation as one of the most promising strikers in the game. 

The 21-year-old has scored a staggering record of 76 goals in 75 matches since signing for Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020.  

That includes 53 in 54 Bundesliga appearances. Haaland has 13 goals in just 11 league games this term.  

It is the kind of return that earns the interest of Europe’s biggest clubs. 

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Several Premier League teams are understood to be keen on signing the Norway international.  

United interim boss Ralf Rangnick secured a good relationship with Haaland during his time at Salzburg when the German was Red Bull’s director of football.  

Rivals Man City’s summer pursuit of a new striker was common knowledge due to the publicity of their failed Harry Kane transfer saga.  

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Dortmund’s German rivals Bayern Munich have all been linked.

And Haaland has been told that he must soon decide where he wants to play his football next season. According to BILD, Dortmund want to know his final decision by the end of February. 

The Westfalenstadion outfit will likely want to purchase a replacement and will need enough time to do so.  

Dortmund signed former Arsenal academy prospect Donyell Malen in the summer but the forward has scored only six times in 24 appearances.  

It remains to be seen where Haaland will play next season, although Dortmund have not ruled out him staying beyond the summer.  

A widely reported £65million transfer release clause becomes active in off-season. However, ESPN have claimed that no such stipulation in his contract exists. 

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Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said earlier in December: “Erling feels completely at home here, you get that feeling. But otherwise, I always tend not to conduct talks with a player through the media.  

“We will conduct the talks in an orderly manner and would like him to stay with us for longer.   

“But if at the end of the day that’s not the case, we will accept that. And we will find solutions again. That’s also absolutely clear. That’s in the DNA of BVB.   

“But it would be great for his development if he stayed with us a little longer.”
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