Mino Raiola insists ‘there is no war’ with Borussia Dortmund but says Erling Haaland COULD still be sold this summer – despite Bundesliga side’s confidence in keeping £154m Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and City target
- Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc wants to keep Erling Haaland
- His release clause kicks in next season and German side intend on keeping him
- But Mino Raiola said he does not agree that the door is close to a summer move
- He said: ‘I respect this opinion, but that does not automatically mean I agree’
Erling Haaland could still leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to his agent Mino Raiola.
Michael Zorc, the German side’s sporting director, had publicly declared that Dortmund are not intending to sell the prolific striker.
He told ARD Sportchau: ‘We have a very clear plan to start the new season with Erling.
Erling Haaland is on the wish list of some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid
His agent Mino Raiola has insisted that a sale could still be made in the transfer window
‘I like to stick to the contractual basis and how discussions have been carried out in the last week.’
Haaland’s £68m release clause kicks in next season so if Dortmund dig their heels in he will have to remain at the club despite interest from Europe’s elite, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, both Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
Even though Dortmund hold the cards for the time being, Raiola says he disagrees that Haaland will definitely stay at the German club this summer.
The super agent has been touring Europe, looking to spark a bidding war for the £154million-man.
He told SPORT1: ‘Michael Zorc (Dortmund’s sporting director) made it clear to us that BVB do not want to sell Erling this summer.
‘I respect this opinion, but that does not automatically mean that I also agree. BVB were very clear in their views. We are okay with that.
‘There is no war between us and BVB – absolutely not! The relationship with Zorc, Aki (Hans-Joachim Watzke, Dortmund CEO) and [Sebastian] Kehl (Dortmund director) is still good.’
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc is optimistic about Haaland staying
Haaland, 20, has scored 33 goals in all competitions already this season and, along with Kylian Mbappe, is the most sought after young forward in football.
But Dortmund are seven points off the Champions League places in the Bundesliga and if they fail to qualify for next year’s competition, the striker could push to leave.
Almost every big side in Europe’s top five leagues is interested in Haaland and the transfer saga could run throughout this summer.
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