It’s only been a little over a year since Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund, but all eyes are already on where his next move could potentially be.
The Norwegian striker took Europe by storm last year for Salzburg, before a €20m move to the Bundesliga in the January transfer window. Since moving to Signal Iduna Park Haaland has continued to score at a phenomenal rate, with 38 goals in 40 appearances so far.
Upon signing, reports claimed that a release clause was inserted into his contract for the summer of 2022 at around €65m but rumours are swirling that clubs could be willing to pay more than that this coming summer to get him early.
With those reports rife, where would his best move be? Lets assess his options..
If reports are to be believed, Roman Abramovich has made the Norwegian his number one target for the summer and is willing to blow a considerable wad of cash on him.
After spending big on Timo Werner and Kai Havertz last summer, Thomas Tuchel was brought in to help them improve from their early season poor form. It seems as though Werner is viewed as a left winger or inside forward rather than an out and out number nine and that could open up a spot for Haaland to come straight into the team.
With Tuchel’s approach play, Haaland would be allowed to focus on what he’s good at which is getting on the end of chances. He wouldn’t need to be involved in the build-up too much, where his fundamentals can sometimes let him down.
A poacher extraordinaire, Haaland’s potential future at Stamford Bridge really depends on how Werner is viewed long-term positionally by the coaching staff. If he did opt for a blue shirt though, it’s hard to see him not scoring a tonne of goals.
SUITABILITY – 7/10
The club he was strongly linked with before opting for Dortmund, Manchester United will no doubt be back in the hunt for Haaland should he become available again.
Having previously worked under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde, both parties will know each other well and United’s clear progression this season will be a positive sign for the young striker. The Reds are seriously lacking a potent number nine and while Edinson Cavani has done reasonably well this season, at 34 he isn’t a long-term option.
Haaland would be more needed in the build up with Solskjaer’s side than he’s used to but with the way they counter attack he would be more in his element and would fit into the way the team play reasonably well. A reunion could be on the cards between two of Norway’s greatest attacking exports ever.
SUITABILITY – 8/10
If Haaland doesn’t fancy going to Old Trafford, he could end up across town in the blue side of Manchester just like his dad.
Alf-Inge Haaland was famously captain of City during their days at Maine Road and was on the receiving end of a horror tackle from Roy Keane during a Manchester derby. Erling was born in Leeds and followed his dad to Manchester when he signed for City, and was reportedly a Man City fan growing up.
Pep Guardiola’s side are desperate for a new striker, with Sergio Aguero ageing and out of contract in the summer while Gabriel Jesus hasn’t shown the level required to take over the reigns on a full-time basis. City’s team score goals, so Haaland would certainly enjoy himself with the quality of player around him.
SUITABILITY – 9/10
Just… hear me out. Believe it or not, Cristiano Ronaldo cannot play on forever. The Portuguese forward still has a contract that runs until 2022, but what better way to plan for replacing the greatest goalscorer in football history than with the best young striker in the game?
With Paulo Dybala’s future also up in the air, Juventus could go big in the market to bolster their attacking options and their reputation in the market precedes them. They have a great habit of signing top young players at a good price and if he did sign, Juventus have never been the type of club to stand in a player’s way if they want to leave either.
Italian football has seen veteran strikers like Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic tear it up in the last year or so, so imagine what a young machine like Haaland would do? The fee and wages could be a hurdle for them and thus make a move unlikely but never say never with the Old Lady.
SUITABILITY – 6/10
Obvious transfers are obvious, right? When Borussia Dortmund, or any German club for that matter, have a top talent on their books it’s Bayern Munich that have dibs on signing them.
The best team in Germany by a distance currently have Robert Lewandowski at the peak of his powers, but the Pole will be 33 by the time the new season starts. While he’s likely to be able to continue at the top level for another year or two at least, if the big boys start circling around Haaland then they could be forced to make the move early.
Haaland and Lewandowski are physically very similar and the 20-year-old has already proven that he can score goals for fun in the Bundesliga and in Europe. If would be a ready-made replacement for Lewandowski and with Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman around him in the Bayern side he would be Europe’s top marksman for the next decade if he wanted to be.
SUITABILITY – 10/10