The 19-year-old Norwegian turned down better wages from Man United and Juventus to sign for Borussia Dortmund (BVB)
Erling Haaland has joined Borussia Dortmund in an £18m buy from Salzburg, despite sources close to the move maintaining Man United have been initially willing to do a deal that might have left Haaland with up to £70K a week greater in wages. His contract at the Westfalonstadion is thought to be around £100K a week, however, the capability to broaden as a player and begin within the Champions League had been as critical to the player and his camp as the economic terms.
Borussia Dortmund has been assured that they had the forward a week ago, after conversations in which they spelled out a described role within the team, in addition to how they have got represented a verified pathway for young players.
It turned out on Sunday evening that Man United’s interest in Haaland had collapsed because of a refusal to agree at the player’s camp – and agent Mino Raiola – getting a percentage of any future sale in addition to having a buy-out clause, but a few figures aware of the Borussia Dortmund deal have expressed bemusement at this.
It has been privately mentioned that United did continue to speak with Raiola for weeks despite this, but also that such contracts are commonplace constructs in Germany. Mario Gotze and Julian Brandt are players who’ve had similar deals.
Sources hold that the main motive Haaland has gone to Borussia Dortmund is because it’s “a really perfect step”. It’s not a Real Madrid or Barcelona that probably would be too remarkable a bounce at this point, however nonetheless a big Champions League club, who have been offering a defined role.
The evaluation of that, Juventus has a bloated array of attacking options dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo, while Man United have Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. Even from that perspective, the Old Trafford hierarchy isn’t missing out on that much, aside from younger expertise of obvious potential. Their needs elsewhere, however, are greater. Haaland has meanwhile been promised a more role inside the Borussia Dortmund team.