The young Norwegian has long-term ties with Borussia Dortmund. But the more goals he scores for the club, the more interesting he becomes for top European clubs. Where does the road lead?
Borussia Dortmund had to admit a 2: 3 (1: 1) defeat on Saturday evening in the best Bundesliga game against Bayern Munich, but the performance of coach Lucien Favre’s team was remarkable. First they took the lead after 45 minutes through captain Marco Reus, and then they were on par with the record champions for the victory for much of the game.
And again one of the youngest Dortmunders stood out: The 20-year-old attacker Erling Haaland, who not only shone with his connection goal to 2: 3 (83rd), but also convinced by his sprints, his attitude and his goals. But it was not only the performance in the top match that aroused the interest of many European top clubs in Norwegian.
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Haaland is bound to BVB until 2024
Stefan Effenberg recently fueled the discussion about the forward’s future: “Haaland to Bayern?” The ex-Bayern captain wrote the day before the top match in his column on Chillreport. “An exciting thought.” His idea behind it: “Bayern’s top striker Robert Lewandowski is now 32 years old and has a contract until 2023. It might be a good time for a change. Then Haaland might be the perfect successor to Lewandowski.”
Haaland’s contract with BVB runs until 2024, but there are already reports of an alleged fixed transfer fee of 75 million euros, which should take effect in 2022.
Should BVB star Erling Haaland go to Bayern?
Yes, and now is the perfect time to make the switch
Erling Haaland has everything it takes to become one of the best football players in the world. He’s fast, dangerous to targets, physically phenomenal. To do this, he has this unstoppable will in the field. BVB boss Michael Zorc recently called him “obsessed with success”. One thing is clear: Haaland wants to win titles. And which club suits the Norwegian better than FC Bayern?
He doesn’t have to go abroad to become a world star. In a few years, he will achieve more with Bayern than his idol Ibrahimović has done in his entire career. With the three-time winner perfectly positioned for the future, further Champions League successes are possible. This title is still missing.
Of course, Lewandowski must be put one step above Haaland at the moment. But a move from Dortmund to Munich in the summer of 2022 would be ideal to kickstart the changing of the guard for Poland. Lewandowski would then be 34 and under contract for another year, Haaland would have a transition year to get used to working at the world club.
It would be bitter for the tension in the Bundesliga title race if Haaland were to switch to Bayern as Lewandowski’s invincible era would merge seamlessly into Haaland’s. But from the player’s point of view, it would be the perfect move.
No, there are two better options than Bayern
He is second in the Bundesliga with Dortmund and is well on his way to the knockout round of the Champions League. He is only 20 years old and already a regular player. And he plays on arguably the most talented team in the world that knows how to put him in the spotlight: he has scored 27 goals in 29 games for BVB and has prepared six more. It couldn’t be much better.
A reason to say goodbye to Erling Haaland? Cannot be seen with the best will in the world. And certainly not to FC Bayern, where Robert Lewandowski will be in top form for five or six years in the middle of the storm, blocking the spot. In any case, Haaland would be given away as a backup.
Why would he even go to Bavaria? Haaland has two options. Both are better. Option one: he builds something up in Dortmund for at least ten years and becomes a legend in this club. Option two: he moves to one of his dream clubs in Spain or England. The Premier League is the big goal of almost every top Norwegian player – and father Alf-Inge also played there for years. Option two is more likely. Haaland wants to see the world and different competitions, such as the role model Zlatan Ibrahimović. He already knows the Bundesliga.
Who is right?
In the “game of the week”, Florian Wichert (deputy editor at Chillreport) and Robert Hiersemann (head of football and sports) provide weekly commentary on current football topics.