We're steadily approaching the day when Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland will decide on his future club. We're nearly there, as it's just a matter of weeks, maybe even days. So, how will the Norwegian star choose his next club?
The process has been underway for several weeks, with several key figures involved. Haaland himself is obviously in the picture, but he's joined by his agent Mino Raiola, his trusted lawyers and his father Alfie, a former football player with great experience and always extremely attentive to Erling's decisions.
It's important to understand how his decision will materialize in the coming days. Borussia Dortmund will not even be consulted by the clubs that want Haaland because there is a release clause of €80 million ($88.3 million), so no negotiations are needed on that front. Simply, whichever club lands Haaland will then communicate it to the German club out of fairness and good relations before getting into the contract-signing stage of things with Haaland and his representatives, who plan to maintain the same level of respect with Dortmund even if no negotiations are needed between the two sides for an exit.
As far as Haaland's future club: The decision is completely in his hands but nothing has been decided yet. Of course, the race remains open and the temptations are different depending on each team's point of view. If you look back at his track record, you'll notice that Haaland has never chosen a club based on player salary or the weight or fame that comes with a club's badge. Just take what happened in 2018 when he was approached by Juventus as an example. The Italian club wanted to sign him from Norwegian club Molde FK and then send him on loan to another Italian club. Most folks would have accepted Juve's proposal, but not Haaland, who preferred a lower salary but the opportunity to be a regular starter (also in the Champions League) with RB Salzburg.
It was an unconventional decision, much like December of 2019 when he turned down Manchester United and Juventus yet again to sign with Borussia Dortmund in a deal that featured a lower salary and lower club prestige. It proved to be a picture-perfect fit as he would be able to grow his game, play as a protagonist in European competition and make an immediate impact. Two choices that few players in the world would have made, but two winning choices for the 21-year-old star.