Haaland has a low release-clause, will he be the star of January?


Teenage sensation Erling Haaland could very well be the hot topic of the January transfer window as German media found information that the striker has a release clause valid only this winter.

The reports are saying that Red Bull Salzburg will have to accept all €20,000,000 worth offers for the Norweigan, but only this January. In this day and age, that would be a bargain.

Haaland has scored 27 goals this season across the Austrian Bundesliga, Champions League, and the Austrian Cup. To make a "gamble" with him is something every director of football would make. If the funds and the need for a striker are there.

And the most interested party is Borussia Dortmund. The underachieving BVB is at the forefront of the chase for the player who is valued between €50,000,000 and €80,000,000.

Recently, Borussia Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted at the member's gala that the club staff made a mistake by not signing another striker in the summer. The primary forward Paco Alcacer has suffered the second injury of the season and has so far played just 517 minutes in the Bundesliga. Borussia’s spending power is boosted by the improved Puma sponsorship deal signed in November.

The player's father Alf-Inge Haaland recently insinuated that RB Salzburg can't ask for large amounts of money as that would deter other prospects from coming to the club in the first place. The former players also said that his son is a fan of the English teams he played for when Erling was young - Nottingham Forest, Leeds, and Manchester City. And also that he is built for the Premier League.

Haaland arrived at Salzburg from Molde for €5,000,000 and the man who brought him there is a manager of another team that is in need of a striker - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Manchester United could fill in the void left by another big but mobile striker Romelu Lukaku. United is the biggest favourite to sign the Norweigan striker according to the bookies at 2.5 (3/2 fractional). 

With heavy investment in youth recently, preparing wisely for the switch of generations, Juventus can't be crossed off from the list of suspects. The Old Lady's executives have spoken about their desire to sign "the Cristiano Ronaldo-like player before he becomes Cristiano Ronaldo." And who better fits that description than the 19-year-old with eight goals in the Champions League this season?

Juve does have a crowded forward line with CR7, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, and Mario Mandzukic, but they could loan out Haaland.

Either way, it seems that the cold-blooded Haaland will be the hottest commodity in January. 


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