It’s long been assumed that Erling Haaland has an informal release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract that comes into play this summer of between €75m and €90m. Hans-Joachim Watzke, the club’s general director, has refused to confirm such a clause exists in comments carried by Diario AS.
“I cannot confirm a termination clause exists,” he said. “More than 90% of our contracts with players don’t contain a termination clause.” It’s understood Watzke wants to keep the Norwegian marksman at the club, and is willing to raise his salary to €18m per season in order to do so. Despite his words, it’s thought that an offer in the region of €100m should still be enough to prise Haaland away from the Bundesliga club.
Haaland is putting up numbers few players his age have ever managed. The forward is still just 21, but has managed to score 71 goals in 70 appearances for Dortmund since joining them from Salzburg. No wonder Real Madrid are interested. Florentino Perez is apparently intent on securing his services as well as Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar. He wants the most lethal attack in European football to reside in the Spanish capital.