Every day in the life of Erling Haaland right now is a new story. The Norwegian wonderkid is on the wishlist of every major club in Europe, with Mino Raiola claiming that there are no less than ten clubs that have asked for his services. Barcelona’s interest in Haaland is pretty well known as well, with Joan Laporta almost openly confessing to the same.
That said, Barça are not the favourites for his signature. Clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea hold the cards over Barcelona with a much stronger financial grasp despite the pandemic. However, Haaland’s agent – Mino Raiola – has almost completely ruled out City and United out of the race, saying that he will not do business with either of the clubs.
In an interview with The Athletic, as relayed by the incredibly reliable Fabrizio Romano, Raiola said, “I don’t give a f*** if I never do another player with Man Utd. I’m independent.”
Raiola and Pep Guardiola boast of one of the longest-running feuds in world football. The Italian agent called Guardiola, a “coward” and a “dog” back in 2015. He spoke about the Spaniard again in the interview, saying “As for Mr Guardiola, I’ve closed the book already a long time ago. Everybody knows what I think of him personally and he can say what he thinks for me personally.”
It seems that both Manchester super-clubs are out of the running for the signature of Haaland this summer, which makes either one of Barcelona or Chelsea the likelier destination. Real Madrid could come into the picture as well, but their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe seems to take importance over the Borussia Dortmund player.
Either way, it seems unlikely that City would have gone for Haaland this summer. From a financial perspective, the ‘Blue Moon’ prefer to invest €150 million in divisions, signing three players, instead of signing one. As for United, it is a team in the middle of a rebuild, and it seems unlikely that Haaland would choose them over Barcelona or Chelsea – who will be strong favourites for the UCL next season.
While Dortmund look unlikely to qualify for the Champions League this season and could be forced to sell their biggest assets, the race of Haaland’s signature will become even more interesting next summer. His €75 million release clause will come into the picture, bringing in more teams into the picture.