Although panicking over statistics and a transition period, that his agent and his father are multiplying meetings for a possible relocation, where should Norwegian prodigy Erling Haland put his suitcases this summer? An overview of its potential destinations.
Real Madrid: Florentino Pérez’s next madness?
This is the destination that most often appears when discussing the future of the Norwegian cyborg. Florentino Pérez, accustomed to the madness in the transfer window, must stay hungry for Real’s last big transfer (Eden Hazard, recruited for 115 million euros in the summer of 2019) and could leave a checkbook to afford the young striker. This season’s Madrid attack carries Karim Benzema in the shape of his life. The French center-forward scored 24 goals and provided 6 assists in all competitions. But the former Lyonnais is already 33 years old and his contract ends in June 2022. In Madrid we love headliners more than elsewhere and Haland could be the next Real. According to Spanish media AS, the White House would be a priority destination for the Norwegian international. He was able to find his compatriot Martin Odegaard, who is currently on loan at Arsenal.
Barcelona: finally dreaming of 9 Blaugranas?
Which European giant needs a center forward more than FC Barcelona? Probably none. The Blaugrana, after firing Luis Suarez last summer, found themselves without number 9, with the exception of Martin Braithwaite (2 goals in 24 La Liga games). Faced with this deficit on the ground, the Batavian technician gives the keys to the Catalan attack to Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé, who together collect 52% of the goals scored in La Liga (35 out of 67). Although Barça is currently the best attack in the Spanish championship, the arrival of Haland would diversify the Barcelona match and bring the profile of a true finisher in a team endowed with players (Fati, Trincao, Dembélé, Messi and Griezmann to a lesser extent). With his 1.94 m, the 20-year-old would bring a physical dimension and presence in the opponent’s area, which is sometimes lacking in Barcelona’s attacking sector.
Manchester City: in my father’s footsteps
Born in Leeds, Erling Haaland was able to return to his home country and thus follow in his father’s footsteps by joining Manchester City. Alf-Inge Haaland wore the Citizens jersey from 2000 to 2003, playing 38 games and winning the English D2 2002 Championship. Apart from the symbolic aspect, the arrival of the young Norwegian could respond to the real Skyblues. The top scorer in the history of the club, Sergio Aguero (257 goals), will not extend his contract, which expires this summer. Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, in the shadow of Kuna since his arrival in 2017, could see a serious competitor for the Argentine’s successor in the person of Erling Haland. The only problem, the English club would not be ready to break the bank to bring the Norwegian colossus, as Pep Guardiola reminded at a press conference: “All clubs are in financial difficulties, we are no exception.” Info or intox to overtake competitors in the file?
Manchester United: gathering scheduled for Solskjaer?
Another potential destination for Golden Boy in 2020, still in Manchester, but this time near Old Trafford. The Red Devils are looking for a world-class scorer who would give more guarantees than Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani (7 goals each season). At Manchester United, Haaland would find a coach he knows well: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The two compatriots have already met in Molde from 2017 to 2018, where the Norwegian runners-up finished. Haaland then scored 20 goals in 50 matches and managed his first full season as a professional. If the two people know each other well, the Mancunian coach remains unreachable in rumors of a transfer. “It is not fair to talk about Erling Haland as the coach of Manchester United. He will make his own decision. “he told a news conference on Friday.
Paris Saint-Germain: Mbappé-Haaland crossing?
What if Erling Haland’s future was tied to the future of his rival Kylian Mbappé? The two young attackers are panicking the football planet and should animate the next transition period. And with good reason, the future of the Paris central striker remains unclear when he reaches the end of his contract in June 2022. If the Frenchman decides not to extend, PSG will necessarily want to get back a nice check, instead of leaving him free. In the event of his departure, the Dortmund striker seems most capable of replacing him at the head of the Paris attack. The two Golden Boys have similar statistics. This season, the Norwegian has scored 21 goals in the Bundesliga, one more than the French in Ligue 1. Throughout his career, the two players have a goal-per-match ratio of around 1 (0.92 for Mbappé, 0.98 for Hollande) and are decisive in the Champions League. (each has already scored 20 goals).
Borussia Dortmund: Another season for improvement?
Despite growing rumors of a departure, Erling Haaland has a contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2024. The German club’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, intends to keep his jewel for at least another season. To reassure interested clubs and while the € 75 million exit clause will take effect in June 2022, the price of the young striker has been set at € 180 million for this summer. An astronomical sum that no club seems to be able to pay at the moment, suffering the economic consequences of the health crisis. For a player, a stay in Dortmund would be a way to gain experience in a championship he is starting to know well (34 goals in 37 games), and especially in a game project built around him. There is no doubt that future BVB coach Marco Rose, who previously coached the Norwegian miracle in Salzburg during the 2018-19 season, would be thrilled to keep such a phenomenon.