Erling Haaland transfer rumours derided as 'fake news' by agent Mino Raiola

Erling Haaland has been in top form for Borussia Dortmund and has attracted interest from a number of clubs.

Erling Haaland file photo, Image credit: Facebook/Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland is in such red-hot form that his signature is coveted by many a club around Europe. News reports say the Borussia Dortmund striker’s agent Mino Raiola recently met with the delegations of a number of clubs. However, it is the financial aspect of the deal that has dominated headlines. Haaland will cost any side at least Euro 150 million excluding agent fees yet it is the latter that has raised eyebrows. Several news reports have stated that Haaland’s father Alf-Inge and Raiola himself will demand Euro 20 million each. However, Raiola himself has taken to social media in a bid to debunk the rumours.

A tweet from Raiola features an animated video with screengrabs of multiple news reports on Erling Haaland. The tweet simply reads “fake news travels quick and far.”

A number of top clubs around Europe including Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are keen to sign the 20-year-old.

It is worth noting that this is only Haaland’s first full season at Dortmund. He joined the German club from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.

Release clause

Interestingly, Haaland’s contract which runs for four and a half years, reportedly has a release clause of €75 million. That is far less than the numbers currently being quoted.

However, the clause comes into effect only from June 2022 onwards. His current form has led to clubs seeking out his signature before the clause kicks in.

Interestingly, Haaland had almost signed with Manchester United ahead of Dortmund in 2020. Manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer knew the striker from their time together at Molde.

However, negotiations reportedly fell apart due to United refusing to include a release clause.

Haaland has scored 21 Bundesliga goals this season for Dortmund besides registering five assists. However, the side currently languish fifth in the league standings.

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